Growing sustainable regions
We want an economy where our regions can thrive. Where they can increase their productivity and prosperity sustainably by:
- attracting new investment
- creating jobs and skills
- having a good living standard for local people
- contributing to the national economy.
MPI’s role in the regions
MPI has an important role to play in regional growth and prosperity. In June 2022 New Zealand’s Food and Fibre exports were $53.3 billion. This made up 81.4% of New Zealands total exports.
As a nation, we're looking to increase the value of our exports and we estimate we'll need an extra 50,000 skilled workers in the primary sector by 2025.
Most primary products come from our regions, which underlies their importance to the economy.
Water availability and security
Water is a precious resource. A taonga. Essential to our people and the world we live in. We need to make sure there is plenty, that it's good quality, and used effectively and sustainably.
We're working to safeguard access to water for our primary industries and rural communities. This work will:
- give farmers and growers more options for using their land
- encourage investment in high-value, low-emission products
- create jobs for skilled workers
- build rural community resilience to challenges such as climate change
Extension Services Programme
The Extension Services programme funds farmer-led catchment projects. These support sustainable land use and improve economic, environmental, and farmer wellbeing outcomes.
Primary Sector Advisory Programme
We want farmers and growers to have access to the highest quality of farm planning support and advice. Independent advisory companies and whenua Māori entities may be eligible to receive a contribution towards salary and training costs.
Learn more about the Careers Pathway Scheme [PDF, 640 KB]
We want to attract more women and Māori into the advisory sector through the primary industry advisory services programme. The funding is investing in research into the advisory needs of Māori agribusinesses and landowners to improve how we work better with the needs and aspirations of Māori.
The Government is aiming to reduce agricultural methane emissions by 10% by 2030 from 2017 levels. By 2050 the Government is aiming for methane emissions to be reduced by 24-47% of 2017 levels. To help farmers reduce methane emissions we are developing extension programmes for farmers and growers. These will include:
- what can be done
- how to start reducing emissions
- how to apply
- practical and effective actions
Supply chains are an important aspect for the primary sectors to prosper. MPI connects with the primary sectors to help mitigate supply chain challenges by engaging regularly and directly. We also provide information and updates on key global trends that could impact on our supply chains and put pressure on our ability to access key products.
Who to contact
If you have questions about sustainable regions, email email@example.com