Hon Nathan Guy
Minister for Primary Industries
18 May 2016
New irrigation investments for Canterbury
Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has welcomed three new investments totalling $7.85 million into irrigation
projects in Canterbury from the Ministry for Primary Industries’ Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF).
“These projects are a real boost to the Canterbury regional economy. A reliable source of water gives farmers certainty
and options to invest in such as arable, intensive pastoral, dairy support or horticulture.”
The projects receiving funding are:
· Central Plains Water: $6.64 million
· Sheffield Water Scheme: $898,000
· Hinds Managed Aquifer Recharge Pilot Study: $312,000
“The Central Plains Water funding will help develop Stage 2 of this project to service a further 25,000 hectares, and
will also reduce pressure on groundwater and improve the water quality in Lake Ellesmere.
“The Sheffield Water Scheme will develop a storage dam providing irrigation supply to 3,500 hectares in the Selwyn
“The Hinds project near Ashburton is a pilot to test the feasibility of recharging groundwater sources to help boost
lowland streams and reduce nitrate levels. If successful, this will help support 30,000 hectares of irrigated land in
“These projects are about unlocking the economic potential of agriculture in the region in a sustainable way. The
funding helps support the development of these irrigation proposals to the stage where they are investment ready.”
“A recent report by NZIER found that irrigation contributes $2.2 billion to the national economy and this has the
potential to increase further.
“Importantly, any change in farming practises that occur as a result of this will need to meet existing environmental