24 Sep 2009

Fed Farmers takes heart from ETS survey

5:53 am on 24 September 2009

A survey commissioned by Federated Farmers has indicated some support for the organisation's call to keep agriculture out of an Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS).

The Government has announced that under its revised scheme, livestock farming will be excluded until 2015.

Of the more than 1,000 people surveyed by Colmar Brunton earlier this month, 29% backed the inclusion of agriculture in the scheme.

Of the remainder, 43% said the agriculture should be excluded from having to buy carbon credits if other countries don't include the sector, and 28% said they didn't know.

Federated Farmers president Don Nicolson says it shows widespread concern that New Zealand is rushing headlong into the scheme, while big emitters like the United States, China and the European Union show no intention of subjecting their farmers to emissions trading.

Mr Nicolson says Federated Farmers received a similar level of support in the survey for its suggestion that the Government should boost funding for research to lower agricultural greenhouse gas emissions and develop low-carbon technologies.

It is backing the Government call for a global alliance to co-ordinate research on agricultural emissions.