New Zealand plans to charge farmers for burps, belches by 36 million sheep, cows

Published on Jun 08, 2022 10:12 AM IST

New Zealand, home to 5 million people, has about 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep.

New Zealand plans to charge farmers for burps, belches by 36 million sheep, cows. (AFP Photo/Representative use)
New Zealand plans to charge farmers for burps, belches by 36 million sheep, cows. (AFP Photo/Representative use)
Reuters |

New Zealand on Wednesday released a draft plan to put a price on agricultural emissions in a bid to tackle one of the country's biggest sources of greenhouse gases, belching sheep and cattle.

The proposal would make New Zealand, a large agricultural exporter, the first country to have farmers pay for emissions from livestock, the Ministry for Environment said.

New Zealand, home to 5 million people, has about 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep.

Also read: New Zealand Covid spike: 7,800 cases today, over 48,000 in 7 days

Nearly half its total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, mainly methane, but agricultural emissions have previously been exempted from the country's emissions trading scheme, drawing criticism of the government's commitment to stop global warming.

Under the draft plan, put together by government and farm community representatives, farmers will have to pay for their gas emissions from 2025. Short-and long-lived farm gas will be priced separately, although a single measure to calculate their volume will be used.

"There is no question that we need to cut the amount of methane we are putting into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key part in how we achieve that," Climate Change Minister James Shaw said.

The proposal includes incentives for farmers who reduce emissions through feed additives, while on-farm forestry can be used to offset emissions. Revenue from the scheme will be invested in research, development and advisory services for farmers.

Also read: New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern tests positive for Covid-19

"Our recommendations enable sustainable food and fibre production for future generations while playing a fair part in meeting our country's climate commitments," said Michael Ahie, chair of the primary sector partnership, He Waka Eke Noa.

The proposal would potentially be the biggest regulatory disruption to farming since the removal of agricultural subsidies in the 1980s, said Susan Kilsby, agricultural economist at ANZ Bank.

A final decision on the scheme is expected in December.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Two planes collided in Northern California while trying to land at a local airport and at least two of the three occupants were killed.

    Planes trying to land collide in California, multiple fatalities reported

    At least two people were killed in a mid-air collision between two small aircraft in the US state of California on Thursday. The incident occurred when the two planes were trying to land at Watsonville Municipal Airport shortly before 3pm, according to a tweet from the city of Watsonville. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, two people were onboard a twin-engine Cessna and a pilot was aboard a single-engine Cessna 152 during the crash.

  • Captured British Islamic State (IS) group fighter El Shafee Elsheikh, posing for a mugshot in an undisclosed location.

    Islamic State 'Beatle' faces life sentence for US hostage deaths

    A member of the notorious Islamic State kidnap-and-murder cell known as the "Beatles," is to be sentenced in a US court on Friday for the deaths of four American hostages in Syria. The 12-person federal jury deliberated for less than six hours over two days before finding El Shafee Elsheikh, 34 guilty for his role in the deaths of four Americans -- journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

    Xi and Putin to attend G-20 summit in Indonesia, Jokowi says

    Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are both planning to attend a Group of 20 summit in the resort island of Bali later this year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said. “Xi Jinping will come. President Putin has also told me he will come,” Jokowi, as the president is known, said in an interview with Bloomberg News Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait on Thursday.

  • File photo of Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, speaking at the National Emergency Prevention General Meeting in Pyongyang.

    Kim Jong Un’s sister tells South Korea to ‘stop dreaming’ of talks

    The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rejected a disarmament-for-aid deal offered by South Korea's president, calling it a “stupid” plan and dismissing the idea of engaging with Seoul. Kim Yo Jong told South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to “stop dreaming in vain,” the state's official Korean Central News Agency reported Friday.

  • Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan attend a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Lviv, Ukraine August 18, 2022. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS)

    Ukraine war: ‘Not much immediate progress’ as Erdogan, UN chief meet Zelensky

    Turkey's leader and the U.N. chief met in Ukraine with President Volodymr Zelenskyy on Thursday in a high-powered bid to ratchet down a war raging for nearly six months. But little immediate progress was reported. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would follow up with Russian President Vladimir Putin, given that most of the matters discussed would require the Kremlin's agreement.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Friday, August 19, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now