Workshops foster irrigation skills

IrrigationNZ is aiming to improve the skills of people at the forefront of the irrigation industry with a series of irrigation manager workshops in Central and North Otago this month.

The workshops, in Omakau on November 18, Cromwell on November 19 and Oamaru on November 20, would outline core knowledge needed for ''high performing'' irrigation, chief executive Andrew Curtis said.

IrrigationNZ trialled the workshops last summer after requests for practical support to help farm staff better manage irrigation.

With water quality and quantity limits coming into force, knowing how to irrigate effectively was crucial, Mr Curtis said.

The workshops will be divided into four modules covering irrigation regulation, scheduling, operation and maintenance, and calibration. They cover all irrigation types, including pasture, horticulture and viticulture.


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