[6 August/Radio NZ]

Pamu, formerly Landcorp, said it will cut down on the number of cows it stocks on each of its Canterbury dairy farms. It declined to put a number on the reduction. It managed six dairy farms in Canterbury. Its Chief Executive, Steven Carden, announced a deal with Forest and Bird to improve environmental practice on New Zealand farms. They signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on agricultural practices to protect nature. Forest & Bird’s Chief Executive, Kevin Hague, said the industry had immense influence over New Zealand’s natural environment. Mr Carden added Pamu was committed to environmental stewardship in a meaningful way. Both parties said they wanted to work together for New Zealand’s native species, water, climate, and people. The Memorandum covered things including advocacy for nature in agricultural landscapes, developing climate-resilient farming systems, and understanding regenerative agriculture.