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In practical terms, the NZDFI aims to develop a valuable, complementary land-use for farmers in the warmer parts of eastern New Zealand where rainfall is low and unreliable. Our target is 100,000 hectares of durable eucalypts planted by 2030. As time progresses and our trees mature, we envisage the development of regional harvesting and processing industries, generating a range of high-value products for both domestic and overseas markets.
The development of forests and associated industries in dryland regions is critical to the NZDFI's vision. We are working on a regional strategic plan and welcome any feedback on our ideas.
The NZDFI is a unique, exciting project with a strong focus on strategic research goals. It is backed by an effective scientific programme, extensive on-farm trials, and an expanding industry network.
To achieve our goals, our have put together a number of high-calibre teams, and will maintain our reputation for strong leadership.