Amuri Irrigation Company (AIC) is formally seeking farmer investment in a $79 million, 7000 - 9000ha piped irrigation scheme for the Hawarden basin area, south of the Hurunui River in North Canterbury.
The latest summer has once again highlighted the fragility of relying on river sources for irrigation in Marlborough.
The case against Pollock Farms was taken by Waikato Regional Council following inspections where over-irrigation of effluent was evident.
Darfield farmer Peter Abrahamson was a fan of fertigation (fertilisation of crops and pasture by liquids fed through irrigation systems) even before he could irrigate.
Tired of blanket irrigation's issues, two Massey University engineering graduates decided to create a solution.
A controversial dairy conversion in the Mackenzie Country is now allowed to irrigate, even as Environment Canterbury warns that such intensive farming in the area would not now get approval.
Getting the biggest bang for your buck out of fertiliser while protecting economic and environmental bottom lines is a key goal for farmers.
Launched in 2012, the Cobra irrigator, designed and manufactured by Hi-Tech Enviro Solutions, quickly became a farmer favourite for its efficiency and ease of use, says the company’s business manager Rob Johnson.