A South Island biodiesel company is looking for farmers to grow 1500
hectares of oilseed rape, otherwise known as canola, under a trial
contract, with plans to expand operations to 30,000 hectares over the
next three years.
Biodiesel New Zealand, a division of state-owned enterprise Solid
Energy, currently manufactures 1 million litres of biodiesel a year but
is looking to expand to 70 million litres.
This equates to about 2% of the country's total diesel use, which is
more than half of the Government's target to have biofuels make up 3.4%
of transport fuel sales by 2012.
General manager Paul Quinn says he would like the trials to be spread
between Southland and North Canterbury.
He says farmers will need to comply with the Seed Quality Management
Authority's seed crop isolation distance scheme, which minimises the
risk of cross-contamination with Canterbury's seed industry.
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