Story: Arable farming

Border dyke irrigation

In regions with low annual rainfall, irrigation allows farmers to increase production, and also to have reliable production from year to year. Irrigation systems are costly and so the crops or animal produce from the farm must be able to more than compensate for the investment.

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Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga
Reference: Canterbury is a Hundred. National Film Unit, 1950

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Sue Zydenbos, 'Arable farming - Fertiliser and irrigation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Sue Zydenbos, published 24 Nov 2008