[15 February/ Farmers Weekly]

Significant rain over the South Island’s east coast through January has meant drought-stricken farmers are now in a recovery phase. Pasture growth ranged from normal to above normal for most of the South Island, and is expected to continue over the next fortnight. Opuha Water Chief Executive, Tony McCormick said the South Canterbury lake had been replenished with all restrictions over irrigation and river flows lifted for the first time in more than a year. Mr McCormick said that Opuha Water would continue to monitor conditions, but was reasonably confident that the company would be able to maintain full irrigation supply and river flows for the remainder of the season.