INDEPENDENT NEWS

IrrigationNZ welcomes new irrigation funding

Published: Thu 18 May 2017 09:43 AM
Media Statement
18 May 2017– for immediate release
IrrigationNZ welcomes new irrigation funding
Today’s announcement of an additional $90 million funding for irrigation is great news for New Zealand communities, says IrrigationNZ CEO, Andrew Curtis.
“Sustainable irrigated agriculture is New Zealand’s future. It underpins many of the provincial economies on the east coast of New Zealand. Regional towns like Hastings, Blenheim, Ashburton, Timaru, Cromwell and Alexandra would be far less vibrant and less resilient without irrigation infrastructure” said Curtis.
As well as directly generating over $2.4 billion to New Zealand’s economy, the benefits from irrigation multiply for surrounding areas– for every $1 an irrigator earns, another $2 to $3 of wealth is created in their community. It is estimated that irrigation contributes over $5.4 billion to the New Zealand economy every year.
The Government’s announcement of new funding for scheme grants and investment capital for development will increase the value derived from irrigated agriculture, support land-use diversification and contribute to increased efficiency gains and environmental outcomes.
“IrrigationNZ works closely with farmers, growers, industry and regulators to ensure all irrigation is economically, socially, culturally and environmentally sustainable – it’s about building resilience for all. On-going access to development capital, to assist irrigation modernisation and development projects, is essential to achieve this outcome” said Curtis. “Water storage and distribution infrastructure is key for New Zealand’s rural sector to ride out climatic stresses, like drought and climate change, and is instrumental in providing win-win solutions for freshwater quality. Reliable irrigation also enables diversity of land use as a wider range of stock, crops, vegetables and fruit can be grown and farmed with reliable water.”
Ends

Next in Business, Science, and Tech

Norris steps down as Fletcher chair after $486M provision
By: BusinessDesk
Concerns with suggestion to “scrap” fishing monitoring
By: WWF
Genesis’ plan to keep coal burning until 2030 stuns
By: Genesis
NZ Prime Minister recognises science that saved kiwifruit
By: Plant and Food Research
Formica may be non-core, saleable asset for Fletcher
By: BusinessDesk
Investors have 4-month wait for 'new-look' Fletcher Building
By: BusinessDesk
MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares dragged lower by Fletcher Building
By: BusinessDesk
UPDATE: Fletcher stock drops 13% as Norris steps down
By: BusinessDesk
Fletcher extends trading halt until Wednesday
By: BusinessDesk
Scale of Fletcher debacle “gobsmacking”
By: E tu Union
Sub-Contractors: Fletcher's Needs to Place Blame on Doorstep
By: Specialist Trade Contractors' Federation
Embattled Fletcher Building to face protest tomorrow
By: Save Our Unique Landscape
We welcome refusal to bail-out Fletcher Building
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Fishing boss admits it's "commonplace" to not report bycatch
By: Forest and Bird
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media