The development of a new irrigation system, being trialled in
North Otago, has been described as a potential ground-breaker
for the industry.
RX Plastics, the Ashburton-based manufacturer and distributor
of the K-Line irrigation pod and sprinkler system, has
produced the G-Set irrigation system, which it believes meets
a gap in the market for an efficient system that irrigates
more challenging areas.
G-Set was an embedded system that could be installed anywhere
that irrigation pipe could be run, making it more suitable
for more difficult terrain, hill slopes and irregular shaped
pastures, sales and marketing manager Phil Gatehouse said.
While K-Line had been ground-breaking, G-Set removed the need
to relocate the sprinkler pods regularly so there was
virtually no labour cost involved, he said.
It would open up areas of land that were currently either not
irrigable or there were difficulties in terms of terrain.
There was a ''huge amount'' of marginal land where irrigation
water was available.
Once installed, the pods and pipe were run automatically from
wherever the computer controller was located, meaning no
additional labour was required to shift or turn them on and
The system was introduced at this year's national fieldays at
Mystery Creek and had generated a lot of interest from
farmers throughout New Zealand, he said. As RX Plastics did
not sell direct to the public, it had been working with
irrigation companies to show them the potential of the
product and how it could be best implemented for different