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Committee Applauds Farmers Proactive Approach

National Drought Committee Applauds Farmers Proactive Approach to Drought Management


The National Drought Committee is acknowledging the proactive way that farmers are responding to ongoing drought conditions and encouraging them to keep up the good work.

“In the worst affected regions, the financial and social stress on farmers is considerable. Despite the pressures, farmers are generally managing well and making good decisions,” says National Drought Committee Chairman Phil Journeaux.

“In the face of continuing dry conditions, particularly in the North Island, feed and financial planning is critical. Farmers need to start planning for winter and spring now, and keep making good decisions.

“Farmers who are running short of feed now should be talking to their suppliers to ensure that they are covered for winter and spring.

“We’re also encouraging farmers to talk to their financial advisors and local Rural Support Trust Coordinators to get the support they need during this difficult time for the sector.”

“Information on financial assistance for both farming and non-farming families whose incomes have been affected by drought is available through the Ministry of Social Development. We encourage farmers to call 0800 779 997 to find out how MSD can assist them.”

The National Drought Committee is coordinating the activity of all the industry community and Government organisations involved in drought preparedness, response and recovery.

“We are continuing to monitor the dry conditions throughout New Zealand on a weekly basis and working to coordinate assistance to farmers affected by the drought”, says Mr Journeaux


Background

Current conditions

 Dry conditions are continuing in affected areas throughout the North Island, including the Wairarapa, Waikato, Southern Taranaki, the Central North Island, Southern and Central Hawkes Bay, Manawatu, Wanganui and the Bay of Plenty.

 Recent rain through much of the South Island has boosted pasture growth and encouraged winter feed crop production, however follow up rain is required to continue pasture growth and autumn crops Marlborough is still experiencing unusually dry conditions.

National Drought Committee

 The National Drought Committee includes representatives from MAF; Federated Farmers; Inland Revenue; Ministry of Social Development , Meat and Wool New Zealand; Meat Industry Association; Rural Women New Zealand; New Zealand Veterinary Association; DairyNZ; National Bank; PGG Wrightson and ABB Grains.

ENDS

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