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To cut methane emissions, New Zealand will charge farmers for cow and sheep burps


In a bid to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, New Zealand on Wednesday introduced a bill that would see farmers in the country charged every time their sheep or cow burps.

According to the Department of the Environment, once the law takes shape, New Zealand would be the first country to make farmers pay for livestock emissions, Reuters reports.

New Zealand, a major agricultural exporter, is home to 5 million people and has around 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep. Nearly half of its total greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture, mostly methane.

According to a draft plan drafted by government and representatives of the farming community, farmers will have to pay for their gas emissions from 2025. Long-lived and short-lived farm gas will be priced separately, but their volume will be calculated using a single measurement. .

“There is no doubt that we need to reduce the amount of methane we put into the atmosphere, and an effective emissions pricing system for agriculture will play a key role in how we do this,” said the Climate Change Minister James Shaw. .

The recommendations include incentives for farmers to reduce emissions, which can also be offset by planting forests, according to the document.

The income generated by the program will be invested in research, development and advisory services to farmers.

“Our recommendations enable sustainable food and fiber production for future generations while playing an equitable role in meeting our country’s climate commitments,” said Michael Ahie, Chair of Primary Sector Partnership, He Waka Eke Noa. .

The government aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 and has until the end of the year to decide how it will tax emissions from the agricultural sector.

(With agency contributions)

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