[31 May/Farmers Weekly]

Auckland City Council plans to use its 1500 hectares of farmed land to demonstrate and pass on proven technological innovation to the region’s farmers. The planning initiative will allow the council to try new technology that commercial farmers may find too risky to try out. For example the council has already installed sensor tanks at Duder Regional Park, southeast of Auckland, which text an alert when water levels are low. It launched its Farms and Food for the Future strategy in April, which is focused on building on sustainable management practices with solutions on which it will collaborate with a wide range of organisations. So far four workshops have been held to get feedback from local farmers on topics such as environmental education, the supply chain and data collection.