Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Hawke’s Bay farmers face tough times as a result of drought

Media Release

29 May 2013

Hawke’s Bay farmers face tough times ahead as a result of drought

The Hawke’s Bay Drought Committee says the region’s farmers face some tough times ahead as the aftermath of this year’s drought continues to bite.

The Committee, which met on Monday, includes representatives from the region’s councils, Federated Farmers, Ministry for Primary Industries, the East Coast Rural Support Trust, the agri-business sector including banks and the sheep and beef, dairy and horticultural sector.

The sheep and beef and dairy sector said while grass is beginning to grow, after recent rain many farmers have had to de-stock and buy in feed which will severely affect their financial bottom line. They say while farmland is looking greener, some pastures are very patchy and farmers could be facing a tough spring with potentially less feed available and stock coming out of the winter under feed stress. This will impact on lambing and calving with feed demand pressure as a result. Dairy herds start calving in late July but generally farmers are reasonably prepared with supplements etc on hand and feed growing well without cows on farm at the moment.

Mike Barham from Rural Support Trust East Coast agrees the real impact of the drought will be seen later this year. ‘Now is the time farmers must ensure they have all their planning complete as we head into colder winter weather. The Trust can help those still battling drought issues’.

On a positive note he’s been impressed by the strong support his organisation has received from the rural and financial sector in Hawke’s Bay.

He says the Drought Committee which is chaired by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson has provided a valuable information sharing and support network.

“Everyone has pitched in to support our organisation and Hawke’s Bay farmers throughout this drought which has been fantastic. It ranges from banks providing drought support packages, the regional council chairing the meetings and providing climate and communications expertise, Farmlands doing the invoicing for the South Island feed we’re bringing in or Federated Farmers offering support to farmers,” says Mike Barham.

When Life’s a Bitch…”

Federated Farmers along with farm industry training organisations AgITO and FarmSafe have launched a campaign to help farmers struggling with the stress of the drought. Named “When life’s a bitch…” the campaign aims to get farmers and their families talking about depression openly and honestly and offers contact details for those needing extra support.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Urgent Bill Planned:
MP Pay Rises To Match Public Service

Prime Minister John Key today announced an overhaul of the Remuneration Authority Act, tying MP salaries to those of the wider public sector, which will be passed under urgency.

Mr Key says the decision was made after the Remuneration Authority’s latest determination which saw the total remuneration received by MPs increased by about 3.5 per cent...

The new legislation will be backdated to 1 July 2014, meaning the pay increase outlined in the latest determination will not be awarded. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

PM's Press Conference: MP Pay Rises, Solid Energy, Iraq

Prime Minister John Key answered questions in his Post-Cabinet press conference about the Iraq deployment, Solid Energy and National’s decision to overhaul the Remuneration Authority Act. More>>

ALSO:

Worksafe: MSD Charged Over Work And Income Ashburton Shooting

WorkSafe NZ has laid one charge against the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) in relation to the shooting at the MSD Ashburton office on 1 September 2014 in which two Work and Income staff were killed and another was injured. More>>

ALSO:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news