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COVID-19 is a once-in-a-century public health crisis that has shaken societies and economies around the world. New Zealand will take time to recover from its impact. The food and fibres sector will be at the forefront of New Zealand's export-led recovery and can lead the way to a more sustainable economy. The actions set out in this document bring together opportunities that the Government considers will accelerate the productivity, sustainability and inclusiveness of the primary sector, to deliver more value for New Zealand.

This report centres on three themes:

  • Productivity: adding an additional $44 billion in export earnings over the next decade through a focus on creating value.
  • Inclusiveness: employing 10 per cent more New Zealanders from all walks of life in the food and fibre sector by 2030, and 10,000 more New Zealanders in the primary sector workforce over the next four years.
  • Sustainability: reducing our biogenic methane emissions to 24-47 per cent below 2017 levels by 2050; and 10 per cent below by 2030. Plus restoring New Zealand’s freshwater environments to a healthy state within a generation.
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