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  • Wendell Roelf

SA dairy farmers eye carbon credits while curbing emissions

Dairy farms have borne the brunt of criticism from environmentalists in the agricultural sector for releasing large quantities of methane and nitrogen that drive climate change.

Nitrogen in fertilizer can convert into nitrous oxide, a harmful greenhouse gas than can linger in the atmosphere for decades and is a better heat trap than carbon dioxide (CO2).

Lancewood is among 40 dairy farms where South Africa's first internationally certified carbon programme for the agricultural sector, known as AgriCarbon, is being piloted by Climate Neutral Group (CNG) to help curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Lancewood has, for example, more than halved its nitrogen use per hectare per year in 2022 from 2018, according to research consultancy Trace & Save.

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