Why NZ Farmers Should Consider Well Drilling for Irrigation Purposes

Irrigation systemFarmers in New Zealand should consider well drilling as an alternative to irrigation management, following concerns over the environment, such as water pollution.

The agriculture sector has received criticism for its industrial practices, yet some experts believe that the country is ahead of others in terms of irrigation systems. They would just need to invest in newer solutions to sustain this trend.

Efficient Water Management

Since irrigation may consume a lot of water, 85 per cent of farmers in New Zealand have depended on pressurised irrigation systems to manage their consumption. Irrigation is predominantly used in dairy farming, but the industry has sought to change the public perception and promote its other purposes.

Even organic farmers use irrigation and water storage techniques that lead to positive environmental outcomes.

For instance, some farmers have been able to convert rabbit-infested land into vineyards thanks to irrigation. Other subsectors, such as wineries, have used sustainable irrigation, which allows them compost grape waste and recycle wastewater.

As the climate in New Zealand alternated between heavy rainfall and extreme drought in the last two years, water irrigation will also be important for growing fruits and vegetables.

Horticulture Management

Aside from water irrigation, storage solutions will be necessary during times of drought. In December, many farmers had to cut water supply to trees, which were enough to keep them alive yet produce no fruit in the process. Businesses experienced some form of loss as a result.

By adopting an efficient irrigation and storage system, farmers would then be able to manage their water consumption during the dry months. Irrigation is so important that the value of planned projects in the country is worth more than $2 billion every year.

New Zealand farmers should consider well drilling and other alternative solutions for irrigation systems since it would be helpful in times of scarce rainfall.