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Organic Advisory Programme Ends Today

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, June 30 NZPA - A programme that encouraged farmers to learn about and discuss organics will close today as scheduled.

Organics Aotearoa New Zealand (OANZ) managed the advisory service which received more than $2 million in funding as part of a post-election agreement between Labour and the Greens in 2006.

OANZ chief executive Jon Tanner said the programme had encouraged farmers to learn about and discuss organics.

"It is essential that research findings are disseminated from laboratories and classrooms to woolsheds and fields."

Organic technology meant reduced environmental impact and added value, Dr Tanner said.

Of 150 farm consultations carried out by the advisory programme two thirds have begun conversion to certified organic production.

The programme also provided funding to smaller projects.

Dr Tanner said OANZ would like to see the work started by the programme continue.

"As an interim measure from July 1, organic extension will be available through some producer groups."

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