Last weeks ferocious winds in Mid Canterbury caused significant damage to some irrigation apparatus and now farmers are struggling to get parts to repair the machines as the supply chain has been disrupted by the Pandemic. Rainer Irrigation CEO Lucas Cawte says for those farmers whose pivot irrigators were badly damaged there could be a long wait for replacement machinery. And farm supply cooperative Farmlands is also having issues keeping its retail shelves filled in its 82 stores. The cause is shipping delays and last minute re-scheduling of ships bound for NZ. Farmlands Category Director Malcolm Scrymgeour says the uncertainty is proving stressful although the plan is to have 12 months supply of products on hand.
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