14 Mar
14 March 2024

Innovation, tenacity at heart of Central District Field Days

The largest agricultural expo in the lower North Island has kicked off, with 500 exhibitors spread over 33 hectares - and one prime minister.

Presented by Stuff, the Central District Field Days in Feilding got under way on Thursday in mild conditions, with thousands of people filtering through the tent city.

Christopher Luxon was there for the big day, interviewed by Stuff’s Tova O’Brien.

One of the exhibitors, a Manawatū fuel tank manufacturer, believes it has an innovation that could give back farmers five hours a week and save them money.

A fuel tank designed by Ensol that supplies both diesel and exhaust fluid is one of several bold ideas standing out among the bright sea of banners at Central District Field Days.

Field Days was in the same place 12 months ago where the seed was planted for Ensol’s new mobile tankers which hold AdBlue - an exhaust fluid that reduces the emissions in diesel-powered farm vehicles.

“At this show last year we got an awful lot of enquiries for AdBlue,” said general manager Shane Parlato - so they responded.

AdBlue would normally be bought in 20-litre drums that needed to be decantered, or in 1000L pods at larger farms where vehicles would need to be returned to for refuelling.