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Open day to discuss potential Rangitaiki Community Irrigation Scheme

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 11:18 a.m.

Irrigation is never far from the top of mind for many farmers in the Bay of Plenty and an open day to be held next week will outline information from investigations into a community irrigation scheme for parts of the Lower Rangitaiki Plains. 

Funding from the Ministry for Primary Industries Community Irrigation Fund (now the Irrigation Acceleration Fund), Whakatane District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council was used to complete these initial investigations.

The purpose of the open day is to ensure the information and findings are widely available to Lower Rangitaiki Plains rural landowners and the community.

Regional Council Manager Land Resources (Eastern), Simon Stokes, encourages landowners in the area to come along, but reminded farmers that the open day may raise more questions than there are currently answers.

“The idea of the day is to make sure that the information we have gathered from this commissioned work is out there. We have added experienced practitioners, such as Hugh Ritchie and Mark Macintosh, to help attendees get a better picture of what the information can do for them and help answer some of the questions that are raised.

“What landowners might want to do with the information is up to them. Water issues and irrigation are going to require a lot of discussion due to the complexities of water use and management in areas like the Lower Rangitaiki Plains. We have to open up the discussion if we’re going to understand and be able to meet future requirements and aspirations,” Mr Stokes said.

Visitors are welcome any time during the day. Displays will summarise findings to date and technical experts will be on hand to talk one-on-one. Three short presentations are planned at 11am, with speakers from Irrigation NZ and AgFirst.

Where: Edgecumbe Memorial Hall

When: Wednesday 27 November 2013, 10am – 2:30pm

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