DIY irrigation now available for lifestyle and small block farmers

The well-known K-Line irrigation pods can be seen on larger farming properties all over New Zealand, but until now have usually required a consultation with an irrigation consultant to put in place. Manufacturers RX Plastics have now released a DIY Irrigation Farm Pack that makes this affordable irrigation option more accessible to smaller scale farmers.

RX Plastics sales and marketing manager Phil Gatehouse says the new Farm Pack was a logical extension of the K-Line range.

“We know there are a lot of smaller properties that would benefit from using K-line irrigation, so we wanted to make it easy to simply walk into a rural supplies shop and walk out with a pack that contains everything you need to get your irrigation up and running.”

The Farm Pack concept has already proven highly popular with K-Line’s North American customers, and will now be available from rural supplies outlets all over New Zealand.

“Each package is designed to cover 1 hectare of land and includes five irrigation pods, 100m of 32mm K-pipe, NAAN sprinklers and saddles, and all the other necessary components to install the system.”

Gatehouse says for bigger blocks, buying two Farm Packs will irrigate more than two hectares of land.

The only additional requirement for the owner is to purchase a Jet Pump to push water through the system. RX recommend a .75kw pump for 1 ha and a 1.1Kw or 1.5HP Jet Pump for two Farm Pack kits.

The pack comes with a full set of written instructions and an instructional DVD to ensure that all bases are covered.

Gatehouse says that in addition to small farmholdings, the system could be used for sports fields, parks and general dust control over summer months.