Drought

Southern drought: Still dry on Otago farms despite rain

[3 February/ Otago Daily Times] The extreme January heat has affected farmers through low water stocks. Federated Farmers Otago President, Phil Hunt, said farmers were still facing what some were describing as the worst drought in decades. Mr Hunt emphasised the importance that farmers needed to plan accordingly and could just wait for more rain...

Drought declared in Southland, parts of Otago

[30 January/The Country] Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities, Damien O’Connor, has declared a medium scale adverse event in respect of drought conditions in Southland and large parts of Otago (including Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Clutha districts).  The declaration triggers additional funding of up to $130,000 for the local Rural Support Trusts and industry...

Much-needed rain has helped farmers dodge a bullet

[19 January/ Hawkes Bay Today] Significant rainfall in drought affected parts of the lower North Island may have come just in time for many farmers to dodge a bullet, although rainfall has been variable leaving some farmers facing significant hardship.  Rainfalls in excess of 100mm has come as a relief for many farmers in the...

Grey, Buller districts added to drought list

[10 January/ Otago Daily Times] Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has added the Grey and Buller Districts on the West Coast to the list of regions currently experiencing a medium-scale drought.  The declaration means that the local Rural Support Trust and other recovery organisations are able to access a funding boost.  Minister O’Connor declared 13 districts...