Irrigation New Zealand

Drip irrigation techniques are used in a range of crops internationally to deliver high precision and efficiency for water and nutrient applications. In NZ drip is currently only used on a relatively small scale, for permanent horticulture, but we do not know the drivers for its use, or conversely why it is not used more? Understanding the barriers and issues to drip forms a critical component of ongoing industry efforts to increase water and nutrient use efficiency in cropping systems.

The Drip Irrigation for Vegetable Production resource book introduces drip irrigation as an option for New Zealand vegetable growers. Its aims include –

  1. presenting an overview of drip irrigation
  2. describing the technologies involved
  3. explaining key concepts that support successful drip irrigation, and
  4. highlighting key issues to consider and questions to ask.

It provides sufficient base information for a grower to decide whether to further investigate the use of drip irrigation for their vegetable production operations.

While it has been prepared with vegetable growers in mind, the information is also of interest to growers of arable crops and pastures.

When considering any irrigation option, soil, crop, climate, farm layout and manager and operator knowledge specific to the farm must be carefully evaluated.

This book does not replace the need for specific, specialist advice, or describe specific component options. It makes no attempt to explain the hydraulic design processes required to engineer a drip irrigation system. That is specialist work, requiring specialist knowledge and experience.

NEWS

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

Petition misrepresents irrigation facts

14th November 2017

IrrigationNZ says that the petition presented by Greenpeace at Parliament today misrepresents how irrigation has been funded and used and ignores the wide range of benefits to New Zealand from irrigation, as well as the efforts being made to address….. 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

New Zealand Certificate in Irrigation System Design

January 18, 2018 - January 19, 2018

Acquire the specialist skills required to design technically efficient and environmentally sustainable irrigation systems. This certificate is suitable for people with prior knowledge and experience in irrigation. You will be required to design two different irrigation systems so will need….. Read more

Irrigation Accreditation

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