Irrigation New Zealand

SMART Irrigation is a practical way for irrigators to implement and demonstrate Good Management Practice.

SMART Irrigation allows irrigators to maintain financial viability whilst meet community expectations around sustainable water management.

Requirements of SMART Irrigation

  1. The irrigation system is efficient
  2. Irrigation is scheduled
  3. Operators are trained
  4. Auditable records are kept

 

The Irrigation System IS Efficient

Irrigation is scheduled

  • When scheduling irrigation, any water use must be compliant with your consent conditions – these are a legal requirement.
  • There are a number of ways to schedule your irrigation, these include;

Operators are trained

Training is key for everyone involved in irrigation and must include health and safety considerations.

INZ runs practical irrigation manager and irrigation development training that provide a great way for irrigators to upskill and be safe.

INZ has developed a number of resources for irrigators including guides, templates and checklists, these are available free to all INZ members, or provided free as part of the training.

 

Auditable records are kept

Records are key to SMART Irrigation. Without evidence accountability is compromised.
Records also provide a useful tool for analysis of performance and continual improvement.

The following ‘guide to water management during the irrigation season’ provides some simple tips for you to manage your irrigation efficiently.

NEWS

Free irrigation workshop for Bay of Plenty farmers

18th January 2018

Bay of Plenty dairy farmers have the opportunity to join a free workshop showing them how to optimise their irrigation use. The workshop will be run by IrrigationNZ and will cover how to assess how well irrigation systems are performing…… Read more

Irrigation Workshops – Marlborough and Tasman

7th December 2017

With challenging dry conditions continuing across the Upper South Island, Marlborough and Tasman irrigators will have the opportunity to find out how to be more efficient in their water use at upcoming workshops hosted by IrrigationNZ. “Understanding how to monitor….. Read more

Advice for irrigators over a long, dry summer

7th December 2017

With much of New Zealand experiencing exceptionally dry conditions, IrrigationNZ has some advice for irrigators on how to make the most efficient use of water over summer. According to NIWA, several areas in the South and North Island came close….. Read more

Irrigation a boost for communities

4th December 2017

IrrigationNZ supports Minister of Regional Development Shane Jones’s announcement that regional economic development funding could support some water irrigation projects. “Water infrastructure plays a vital role in creating resilient rural communities,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Andrew Curtis.  “Several New Zealand….. Read more

IrrigationNZ back to help improve irrigation management

23rd November 2017

IrrigationNZ will be back on farms this summer testing irrigation systems and helping farmers improve the efficiency of their irrigation. Last summer, IrrigationNZ in partnership with Environment Canterbury, developed a new testing programme which saw 131 Ashburton farms have their….. Read more

EVENTS

Irrigation Efficiency Summer Programme

November 7, 2017 - February 28, 2018

                                 Is your irrigation equipment operating as it should? What improvements could be made? These are questions that can be technically challenging and costly. To help irrigating farmers navigate to Good Management….. Read more

Irrigation Workshop – Motueka

January 22 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Proudly supported by our training partners              Join us for a 3 hour workshop on Irrigation Scheduling Building on your knowledge of soils, water and climate, how to schedule water application and the tools available to….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

Smart Irrigation