15 Dec 2008

Climate change agreement must not affect NZ agriculture - minister

9:07 am on 15 December 2008

New Zealand's Minister of Trade says a climate change agreement that does not effect agricultural production is vital.

Greenpeace is accusing the Government of dragging the chain on climate change at a conference in Poland. The event is the halfway mark toward an agreement in Copenhagen next December to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

Trade Minister Tim Groser told the conference that New Zealand must look carefully at any agreement before it signs as almost half of New Zealand's carbon emissions come from agriculture.

He told Morning Report that the Government is not asking for a special deal for New Zealand.

Mr Groser said the answer cannot be to simply cut agricultural production and it needs something a little more subtle.