IrrigationNZ is hosting a new event called IF.2019 – Irrigation Futures in June 2019.
“This two-day event will bring together leaders from across all sectors of the irrigation industry to attend this professional development event and also discuss some of the key challenges and opportunities facing the sector,” says IrrigationNZ Chief Executive Elizabeth Soal.
The event takes place in Christchurch and will showcase international and local irrigation technology through a Trade Show which will be open to farmers and event attendees.
“New Zealand is already an international leader in irrigation as we have widely adopted modern irrigation systems. However there continues to be pressure on our sector to evolve – whether it’s from community expectations that we will continue to improve our environmental performance or to continue to improve health and safety practices,” says Elizabeth.
“IF.2019 is a great opportunity to see some new technology on display and get an insight into how we can meet changing needs such as the demand for more energy efficient irrigation systems.”
Six professional development and thought leadership workshops will look at how those involved in the irrigation sector can continue to innovate and adapt best practice. Workshop topics include incorporating farm systems into irrigation design, designing energy efficient irrigation systems, planning the future of the irrigation sector and practical training on working at heights, safe asbestos handling, and irrigation pumping and hydraulics.
The workshops are suited to those working in the irrigation industry, irrigation scheme representatives and agribusiness professionals.
Irrigation already contributes over $5 billion to New Zealand’s economy.
Climate change is expected to create more challenging conditions for farming with more severe and prolonged periods of drought and more flood events.
“In a changing climate irrigation will actually become even more critical for the future of farming in New Zealand and there will be more demand for new irrigation projects such as the Waimea Community Dam, as well as a greater focus on improving the efficiency and capacity of our existing irrigation infrastructure,” says Elizabeth.
IF.2019 – Irrigation Futures takes place on 26-27 June 2019 in Christchurch.