New Zealand’s primary sector is a heavy weight in our economy. National has a strong record of investing in science and innovation despite tight financial times, and we intend to keep it that way.
We have a goal of doubling the value of primary exports by 2025. To help achieve this goal, we are investing more than $15 million in research partnerships to improve performance in the primary sector. This is in addition to the existing 16 Primary Growth Partnership programmes which represent $708 million in funding committed from both industry and government.
Projects include research into pests affecting apples, increasing vineyard profitability, improving the efficiency of farming, and increasing the shelf-life of meat exports. National is supporting our exporters to grow to create more jobs and higher incomes for New Zealanders.