March 22, 2022
Carbon farming best option for some Māori blocks
Former forestry minister Shane Jones wants more support for carbon farming on Māori land.
The Government is consulting on proposed rule changes that could exclude future permanent plantings of exotic forests like radiata pine from the Emissions Trading Scheme.
Mr Jones is concerned the government could be bowing to pressure from sheep and dairy interests, and he’s not sure the implications for Māori landowners have been considered.
“Carbon forestry is feared by a lot of the farming interests. However, it may in many respects be the only viable option for many isolated areas of Māori land which cannot attract capital from orthodox sources of finance so they have to think innovatively or their land continues to grow tobacco weed and tu matakuru,”