Farm nutrient supplier Ballance is managing the knock-on effects of Covid and the Ukraine war to maintain surety of supply for farmers and growers.
The sponsorships will see Ballance launch a new Sustainable Agricultural Award category at several regional science and technology fairs across New Zealand.
Ballance will sponsor the award in the Central Northland, South and East Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Canterbury-Westland and Otago science and technology fairs.
The Auckland North Harbour and Marlborough science and technology fairs will receive additional sponsorship activity from Ballance.
Ballance’s Sustainability Food and Fibres Futures programme manager Suzanne Young says that by sponsoring the science fairs, the company hopes to get students interested in the career options the food and fibre sector has to offer.
“We wanted to find an innovative and meaningful way to connect New Zealand school students with all the amazing work happening in the food and fibre sector to improve the environment for a sustainably productive future.
“For the Auckland North Harbour science fair, we are sponsoring the Living World category, which celebrates students’ understanding of the living organisms such as NZ plants and animals, their investigations into local ecosystems and understanding the interdependence of living organisms, including humans and their relationship with their physical environment.”
Young says that Ballance will be a gold sponsor for the Marlborough science fair. Ballance will also provide a local judge and help promote the science fairs through targeted and localised communications.