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12 May 1999
Recent developments in the international effort to reduce greenhouse gases and prevent climate change may have a big impact on New Zealand's farmers and foresters.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry is organising a series of workshops around the country in a bid to increase awareness in the agricultural and forestry sectors about policy issues around climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.
MAF senior policy analyst Kevin Steel says the seminars will explore the role of agriculture and forestry in the global warming problem, the international effort to prevent global warming and the opportunities available to agriculture and forestry as a result.
"One important issue is the prospect of an international market for trading in carbon credits," Mr Steel says.
"With a price per tonne of carbon dioxide estimated to be in the range of $13 to $30 (in 2010) there are potentially large economic benefits for farmers
and farm foresters."
"Despite this there is still little understanding about how a future carbon trading regime may affect the agriculture and forestry sectors."
"Carbon-trading is not just something that concerns policy-makers and Government officials, its impact could be felt right down to farmers with woodlots on the property."
"Agriculture also has a key role to play because it is the biggest source of greenhouse gas in New Zealand. In particular methane, produced by grazing livestock, is our main greenhouse gas."
Kevin Steel tel. 04-474-4151
Hamilton: Anchor House, London Street
Date: 13 May, 9.30am-12.30pm Contact John Dawson tel 07-839-8398
Whangarei: Quality Inn, Whangarei
Date: 14 May, 9.30am-12.30pm Contact Bob Parker tel. 09-430-2521
Nelson: Tasman District Council, 189 Queen Street, Richmond
Date: 17 May 9.30am-12.30pm Contact Grant McFadden tel 03-379-1040
Christchurch: Crop & Food, Gerald Street, Lincoln
Date: 20 May 9.30am-12.30pm Contact Grant McFadden tel 03-379-1040
Balclutha: Telford Rural Polytechnic
Date: 21 May 9.30am-12.30pmContact Humphrey Jagger tel 03-379-1040