MGI Irrigation Scheme Farm Environment Plans and Auditing
The Morven Glenavy Ikawai Irrigation Scheme (MGI) supplies water for irrigation to 24,000 ha of land on the north bank of the Waitaki River. Environmental responsibility is a fundamental part of MGI’s business. The AgriBusiness Group is the co-developer of the “Environmental Farm Plan for Irrigated Land Use” template and co-facilitator of its subsequent implementation by all scheme farmers, to help deliver good on farm irrigation practice and efficiency and achieve high standards of environmental management.
Description of the project
The AgriBusiness Group co-developed the MGI Environmental Management Strategy and Farm Environmental Plan template with Mulgor Consulting Ltd in 2010. The Environmental Management Strategy requires that all MGI irrigators must have an Environmental Farm Plan to show how they are actively managing their property to achieve high standards of environmental performance. The AgriBusiness Group and Mulgor Consulting Ltd facilitated a workshop process to help farmers write their own Farm Environmental Plans.
The Farm Environmental Plan sets out the objectives and targets for environmental performance in 6 management areas that are important for sustainable irrigated land use: Irrigation; Soils; Nutrients; Collected animal effluent; Waterways; and Biodiversity. Each property decides on suitable on-farm methods to achieve the objectives
The AgriBusiness Group utilise their on-farm systems knowledge to provide regular independent auditing to assess whether the objectives are being met on each farm. Audit results are reported back to individual farmers and the MGI Board.
Mulgor Consulting Ltd– Claire Mulcock
High level planning
Work started in 2010 and continues
The AgriBusiness Group’s role and contact
- Role: TAG co-developed the Environmental Management Strategy and Farm Environmental Plan template, facilitated farmer workshops and the implementation of Farm Plans, farmer field days and provides ongoing Farm Plan auditing and reporting.
- Key contacts: Sue Cumberworth