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15 August 1996
Today, Agriculture Minister Hon. Dr Lockwood Smith launched "Our Land, Our Future", the third in a series of educational resources from the Ministry of Agriculture.
The need to care for the land and ensure agriculture is sustainable is the theme of all the resources. Dr Smith described "Our Land, Our Future" as a "wealth of information", referring especially to the marketing section looks at sales and promotion and product development of agricultural products and the several high-quality videos showing aspects of marketing.
"Our Land, Our Future" is designed for senior secondary school students studying biology, economics, history, agriculture and horticulture. The resource is made up of:
Other elements of the resource highlighted by the Minister included:
Every school teaching biology or agriculture and horticulture at sixth and seventh form level has received a free copy of "Our Land, Our Future". Further copies are available from the Ministry of Agriculture.
The two previous educational resources in this series are:
Living with the Land, designed for use by form one and two students in science and social studies. It introduces the concept of caring for the land and examines the factors a farmer must consider when deciding what crop to grow or animal to farm.
Students investigate a specific agricultural product to understand product development, processing and the application of technology.
Changing People in a Changing Land is designed for use by form three and four students in social studies. It also provides useful case studies for Form 5 Geography and Technology, and Form 6 Agriculture and Horticulture.
It introduces the concept of sustainable agriculture and investigates six major types of farming in New Zealand, explaining how each farming system works.
The activities are complemented by a specially developed board game called "Crossroads", where players compete to become guardians of the land.