New Zealand Student Tours

Farming on the Canterbury Plains

When English farmers arrived here they were devastated, by the dry weather and barren soils being so very different from their expectations.

However, soon the farmers learnt to irrigate the arid deserts with water from the giant rivers, they enhanced the soils with minerals and grew animals and plants to better cope with the conditions.  One hundred and fifty years later the land is highly productive with dairy farms taking over from sheep and grain farming.

KANES help us understand the processes and management that transformed the desert to its present.

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