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Government funds agri partnerships

New Zealand's government is to spend 15 million New Zealand dollars ($11.7m) on four public-private partnerships in agricultural and biological technologies.

Two of the initiatives will receive NZ$4.35m each. One of these, involving PipFruit NZ, will focus on R&D to tackle pest and pathogen infestation in apples. The other is on technology development for meat processing and storage, and will be led by the Meat Industry Association of NZ.

A further NZ$3.5m will go to a wine industry partnership, to increase the longevity and profitability of vineyards. The other NZ$3.11m will be invested in a partnership to improve cattle farming efficiency by studying pastoral genomics, involving seven agricultural companies including Beef and Lamb NZ, DairyNZ and Dairy Australia.

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