Saturday, 05 December 2020 05:55

O'Connor announces further investment in soil

Written by  Staff Reporters
Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor has announced further investment in the S-Map tool. Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor has announced further investment in the S-Map tool.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced a $6.25 million investment in mapping New Zealand’s most valuable soils.

“The more we know about our natural resources, including soils, the better we can make good sustainable land use decisions,” O’Connor said.

He says that good farm planning advice and good data are essential to the roadmap.

The government will invest the money, which was allocated in the 2019 Productive and Sustainable Land Use package, in expanding S-Map.

S-Map is a tool which combines on-the-ground soil sampling with digital mapping technologies.

“Expanding S-Map will have lasting benefits for our regions,” O’Connor said.

MPI has commissioned Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research to work with councils across New Zealand over the next five years to carry out the project.

The project could add approximately 1.5 million hectares of land to S-Map.

Manaaki Whenua chief executive Dr Richard Gordon says the information provided by S-Map is important for freshwater modelling and nutrient limit setting.

“We know there is strong demand for greater S-map coverage, to inform decision making on a range of national issues including climate change, food production, and meeting new freshwater regulations.”

As of August 2020, S-Map covers 50 percent of New Zealand’s farmable land (36 percent of total land).

More like this

The minister of zoom

Trade Minister Damien O'Connor says he and other trade ministers around the world will need to get used to developing relationships via Zoom.

Hort keen to work

Horticulture New Zealand says it is keen to work with the government in the post-Covid recovery.

Answers are in the soil

Wairarapa sheep farmer Rob Dick is on a mission to reduce his property’s environmental footprint as quickly as possible – and his approach starts with the soil.

National

Lower dollar firms outlook

Dairy Milk flow strength is a result of welcome rainfall in the middle of March, in combination with weak production…

China dominates meat exports

The country's red meat sector exports continued to hold up during February reaching $906.7 million, analysis from the Meat Industry…

Machinery & Products

Kubota's new autumn offerings

Kubota, which is gaining traction in the agricultural sector with an ever-broadening portfolio, has announced some additions for autumn.

Save money and moisture!

With farmers and contractors looking to reduce crop establishment costs, the arrival of increasingly accurate GPS and a range of…

SIAFD wins punters' plaudits

After celebrating its 70th year last month, it looks like the South Island Agricultural Field Days (SIAFD) has hit its…

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Green washing!

Your old mate is not surprised to learn that Hollywood director James Cameron's big claims to convert his Wairarapa properties…

20 pieces of silver?

A mate of the Hound reckons he's not surprised by the recent announcement the Government is 'partnering' with Lincoln-based company…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter