23 May 2011

Project aims to improve hill country farm irrigation

2:06 pm on 23 May 2011

A three year project funded by MAF's Sustainable Farming Fund will tackle some of the challenges of irrigating hill country farms.

The $250,000 project will focus on irrigation schemes along the Waikati River in a partnership with Irrigation New Zealand, Dairy NZ and Beef and Lamb.

Irrigation New Zealand chief executive Andrew Curtis says irrigation on rolling hill country is quite common, especially in areas such as South Canterbury and in the eastern North Island.

But he says the slope and aspect of hill country land brings unique challenges.

Mr Curtis says irrigating hill country is a way of future proofing those farms against drought and it can also improve their environmental management.