The ag sector's budget 2022 wish list is for science

The ag sector's budget 2022 wish list is for science
Dairy cows grazing near Mt Taranaki. (Image: Getty)
Rebecca Howard
If increasing productivity is the name of the government’s game, then the agriculture sector’s wish list for budget 2022 is all about science. The farming sector helped bankroll the economy through covid-19, generating 30% of the country’s export income at a time when sectors like tourism were at a standstill.Rather than being rewarded, however, the sector is under immense pressure from rising costs, scarce labour and, increasingly, regulation and compliance.  You’d be hard-pressed to find a farmer who doesn&rs...

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