A retired local farmer from Rata, Robyn Gilmour, recently featured in a Manawatu Standard article (January 13, 2014). describing his observations of what he terms ‘jet contrails’ that create haze and smog, blocking out the sun. He says there are sometimes 40 jet trails that stay all day. Rangitikei soil is great he says, and in some parts anything can be grown, but he believes jet vapour trails are blocking out the heat. They are causing cooler temperatures and preventing our region from reaching its horticultural potential he says.
Rata in its day was a thriving settlement. More recently in the 60s and 70s there was the potato growing industry where Goymour worked as a foreman for James Bull’s company (later sold to Watties). Earlier again Rata had a store, a post office and a Dairy Factory which after closing (as all the rural dairy factories did) became a sausage skin factory for a number of years. The settlement on the main road has all but disappeared now.
(Note: featured image is by the author, captured in March 2014 in the Rangitikei)
Read the article HERE