New irrigation system being trialled

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 off.

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 irrigation requirements.


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