Zealand gets $170m research programme

18-Aug-2010

A seven-year scheme, backed by the New Zealand government, and supported by industry, will invest around NZ $170m in training and research, helping to “drive change in the dairy industry”.

The government will contribute $85 million towards the programme, through its Primary Growth Partnership, with the remaining money coming from industry partners – including $47m from Fonterra and $29m from DairyNZ.

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle said: “This major investment will create the biggest change in decades in research, training, and knowledge transfer to increase the rate of innovation … all of which can be leveraged to benefit New Zealand’s wider primary industry.

“Industry skills training, education networks and on farm standards and systems are also set for a boost from PGP that will help dairying stay competitive in a fast-moving world

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