June 25, 2022

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New Zealand farmers will be taxed for releasing burps from goats and cows

New Zealand farmers will be taxed for releasing burps from goats and cows

New Zealand announced this Wednesday that the number of heads of sheep and cows, which will increase its population, will be imposed. Taxes on pollutant emissions mainly produced by livestock belching.

The move comes at the behest of a maritime country that is a major agricultural exporter Combating the effects of climate change It will also become the first country where farmers pay for livestock emissions.

In New Zealand, with a population of five million, almost half of the country’s emissions come from agriculture, mainly its 26 million sheep and 10 million cows, as well as mammals. Methane is produced during digestion by your odor and flatulence.

According to the draft plan drawn up by the representatives of the government and the agrarian community, Farmers will have to pay for gas emissions from 2025Although the document does not have the details How the amount of emissions is measured.

“We are all committed to levying taxes to ensure that agricultural emissions are reduced from 2025,” Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor said in a statement. The customer needs to find consistent products.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw said: “There is no doubt about the need Reduce the amount of methane we emit into the atmosphere And an effective emission pricing system for agriculture will play a key role. “

2050: Neutralization of pollutant emissions

It also includes a proposal put forward by a coalition of primary sector associations Hee Waka AK Nova Incentives for farmers to reduce emissionsAccording to the document, it can also be offset by afforestation.

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“Our recommendations lFor sustainable food and fiber production for future generations Climate plays a legitimate role in meeting the responsibilities, “said Michael Ahi, President of Hee Waka Ake Nova.

The coalition also recommended imposing different rates for methane, although it is harmful to the environment. Short lasting impact Against carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, the latter is associated with the use of fertilizers.

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Represents the agricultural sector It accounts for 10 percent of New Zealand’s GDP and 65 percent of export earnings.

Wellington Executive, to achieve its purpose Neutrality of Pollution Emissions by 2050, Until the end of this year, it will decide how to tax emissions from the agricultural sector.