With such a vast and growing enterprise, the Trust management of Waimarama Orchards needed to ensure their operation had the capacity to grow as the orchard grows. Specifically, the pump station – responsible for delivering sufficient water to the various trees to ensure optimum productivity of the plants – was unable to meet requirements of projected future growth.
In addition, overhauling the pump station presented the need for further filtration, monitoring, fertigation and other extended enhancements to ensure the orchard was future-proofed for expansion.
Alongside Avocado’s, a tunnel house-based Blueberry enterprise was in the early stages of development for the Orchard, requiring irrigation. With a small number of full-time staff and a large land area, effective irrigation and control systems were a key priority to manage both the time spent by employees, and the water usage, as efficiently as possible.