A donation from the North Otago Irrigation Company (NOIC)
will allow the newly re-established North Otago Sustainable
Land Management Group (Noslam) to begin its vision for the
That vision is to create an integrated team approach to
sustainable land and water quality management for the greater
good of both farmers and the community.
In March last year, NOIC received an Irrigation New Zealand
innovation award including cash prize of $2500 which, in
turn, it has given to Noslam to be used as a seeding grant.
Noslam's goals to promote a healthy environment with all
North Otago farmers by identifying measures that secured and
improved the environment and considered the economic and
social issues and constraints, resonated strongly with the
company, NOIC chief executive Robyn Wells said.
Noslam was first established by a group of farmers in the
1990s to find a smarter way of managing the district's
fragile soils while also reaching a higher level of
productivity on their properties.
It was disestablished in the early 2000s, following a
heightened level of productivity, increased farmer confidence
in their own abilities and the advent of irrigation systems
such as the NOIC scheme.
The region now faced a different realm of changes including
winter soil management and the implementation of regional
council water plan changes, which had led to its revival.
''With the complexity of these issues, as well as continued
soil management in mind, the need for collaboration of all
farmers, with regulators and the wider community, is a real
one,'' committee member Jane Smith said.
• A ''wintering for success'' field day is being
held at Mitchell and Webster's property, on the corner of
Waiareka Valley Rd and Springhill Rd, near Kia Ora, on Friday
between 10.45am and 1pm.
Speakers include Peter Mitchell and Nick Webster from
Mitchell and Webster, Jane Smith from Noslam, Dylan Robertson
from the Otago Regional Council, Jodi Leckie from NOIC, Tom
Orchiston from AgResearch, Dave Walsh from Seed Force, and
Hugh Eaton from Macfarlane Rural Business.