"IrrigationNZ says initial reports suggest more than 800 irrigators across Canterbury are severely damaged and will need to be repaired or written off following Tuesday’s big wind.
“The extent of damage to centre pivots and other irrigators across the region is unprecedented. This is an extremely serious situation as we simply don’t have enough parts to repair all of these machines in New Zealand. We’re looking at a six to eight week time lag before parts arrive and then a similar timeframe before repairs can be completed. If we experience a dry spring, the consequences could be dire for many Canterbury farmers as irrigation will effectively be stymied,” says IrrigationNZ CEO Andrew Curtis."
When you specialize, you become vulnerable. There's a very significant difference between 'robust' and 'resilient'. Our supermarkets are becoming very specialized, highly-tuned 'technologies'. They are, like the irrigation systems, vulnerable to natural forces in a way that should make people think twice about using them as a primary source of food supply.