IrrigationNZ worked on updating our strategy in 2018. This work was needed as the coalition government has signalled a shift in focus for farming to low emission high value produce, and an increasing focus on nutrient limits. Public interest in water and irrigation also remains high.
Using the strategy, we want to contribute to creating an environment where irrigation is part of a thriving and sustainable New Zealand. Through five pillars of work we want to ensure that water continues to support food production, contribute to the economy and support communities. These are: advocating for the sector; providing thought leadership; connecting people to move our industry forward; setting standards and providing information.
As an organisation INZ intends to continue to drive positive change from the ground up. We are doing this through irrigation training, technical standards and related accreditation programmes. We are also a key partner of the Good Farming Practice initiative launched by government earlier this year. We strongly advocate to all our irrigating members to implement Audited Farm Environment Plans. These demonstrate environmental commitment and if robustly audited, will help us show the results of all our efforts over time.
The strategy plan can be downloaded through the link on the right.