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New Zealand sets up new agricultural emissions research centre.

- Thursday, June 11, 2009

The NZ Government hasĀ announced is setting up a greenhouse gas research centre targeting solutions for New Zealand's agriculture and horticulture emissions. About half of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, with methane from ruminant animals the biggest contributor.

Speaking in Christchurch, Agriculture Minister David Carter said the centre will play a key role in encouraging the agriculture and horticulture sectors to contribute to New Zealand's emissions reduction targets.

"It is clear that agriculture will be part of New Zealand's emissions reduction efforts, but the sector must have access to effective and affordable technology that doesn't compromise productivity," Mr Carter says.

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