Agricom has discovered a plantain (a forage plant for pastoral farms) that can significantly reduce nitrogen leaching. This has the potential to help address one of NZ’s greatest agricultural challenges.

The majority of nitrate leached from farms comes from urine patches. With 6.5 million dairy cattle in NZ, this is a significant problem. To address this, Agricom has discovered plantain genotypes called Ecotain that enable farmers to reduce nitrogen leaching without having to reduce animal numbers or productivity.

Ecotain is the only environmental plantain currently available in the NZ market. It is a simple, cost-effective solution that farmers can implement easily on farms.

Ecotain emerged as a result of research carried out with Massey and Lincoln universities and Plant and Food Research, with funding from Callaghan Innovation. It has been supported by Ngāi Tahu Farming.