New Zealand’s green reputation is one of this country’s strongest selling points, but how to manage the relationship between farming and the environment is complex and controversial.
How do we support New Zealand farmers transition to a more environmentally friendly and economically sustainable future?
The clamour to act urgently on climate change is adding pressure on farmers to manage environmental sustainability, but farmers often have to make trade-offs between what they want to develop and what’s affordable.
New Zealand’s banks are increasingly focused on helping agribusiness meet the challenges of developing sustainable farming practices.
With its Environment Loan, ANZ supports customers to prepare their farm environment plan.
The lower interest loan can be used to pay for a range of infrastructure investments designed to develop or improve environment management, including water and energy conservation projects, fencing and planting, effluent management and consultants.
This support for the farming community is one reason why Canstar was delighted to announce that ANZ has won the Agribusiness Bank of the Year award for the eighth year in a row.
Canstar General Manager Jose George says: “Farming sustainably while protecting New Zealand’s unique environment inevitably involves trade-offs between profitability and care for the land.
“Through its Environment Loan, ANZ has demonstrated its commitment both to New Zealand Agribusiness and environmental sustainability. Winning the award for the eighth year in a row is a fantastic achievement and recognises ANZ's institutional support for our farming community.”