Waikato farmer Tony Cato had to think improvise when part of his broccoli plantation was inundated, in some places up to one meter deep. The owner of Pirongia Mountain Vegetables thought hard and chose a novel approach. Like a large portion of the country, the west Waikato township had been bombarded with rain at the start of the week – which saw around 500sqm of broccoli covered in fresh water.
Seeing the plants underwater on Tuesday, Cato borrowed a neighbor’s kayak and was able to rescue 200 to 300 heads of broccoli while paddling around. It’s believed broccoli should be okay in the water as long as it was getting plenty of sunlight.