[12 February/ Rural News Group] Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy declared the drought conditions affecting parts of Otago, Canterbury and the Marlborough District as a medium scale adverse event. So far most farmers have managed the conditions, with most not needing support. Mr Guy states that preparation is vital as conditions are only going to become tougher as the seasons change. Mr Guy also noted that while support is already available from Government agencies, rural assistance payments will also be made available from Work and Income in the next couple of months. Meanwhile, Federated Farmers have started to coordinated supplies and some banks are offering special support packages. The Wairarapa and southern Hawkes Bay region are also being monitored closely.