[16 April/NZ Farmer]

Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Climate Scientist, Alex Pezza, said Wairarapa farmers needed to change their systems to cope with climate warming at a recent seminar in the Wairarapa. KPMG Farm Enterprise Specialist, Julia Jones, added that climate change was not only an inconvenient disruption, but also an opportunity. She challenged Wairarapa land owners to adapt in a smart way that took advantage of the opportunities. Farming for the Future Leader, Heather Atkinson, noted rural lenders were recognising that failure to take action on climate change would affect future cash flows. Ms Atkinson said sustainable agriculture and economic gains could happen at the same time. The seminar brought farmers, farm advisors, industry specialists, students, and agribusiness consultants together to share ideas.