Development of a farmers’ handbook for best practice snail farming in New Zealand
Project start: 15 March 2021
Project length: 3 years
MPI funding: $69,993.20
Industry funding: $38,192.80
Industry partners: Aroha Snails New Zealand Limited
This project is trialling snail farming in the Waikato. It will trial 2 methods commonly used overseas. The insights will inform the development of a farmer’s handbook outlining best practice snail farming in a New Zealand context. As a result, landowners will be able to evaluate the feasibility of snail farming as a potential low-input, sustainable and environmentally friendly land-use alternative.
Leaf Protein Research and Development Programme
Project start: 16 November 2020
Project length: 5 years
MPI funding: $8,000,000
Industry funding: $12,000,000
Industry partner: Leaft Foods
The programme aims to launch a new leaf protein concentrate industry in New Zealand. It expands on early trials to extract edible protein ingredients from green leafy crops, for use in a range of food products. As a co-product, it will make a high-quality silage feed for farming operations. This will reduce the environmental impact of existing animal-based farming systems.
Piloting scaled spirulina production
Project start: 3 December 2019
Project length: 2+ years (project extended)
MPI funding: $260,000
Industry funding: $457,717
Industry partner: NZ Algae Innovations Ltd
NZ Algae Innovations is piloting scaled spirulina production, which could lead to an algal protein sector being established in New Zealand. The project will develop a new business model so modular production units can be replicated in potential growing regions across New Zealand.