[11 November/ Business Day: NZ Farmer]

North Canterbury farmers who have faced ongoing drought conditions have received a $125,000 funding boost from the Ministry for Primary Industries. The funding would be used for technical workshops, financial management skills, community events, and to facilitate farmer peer groups. Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy said North Canterbury farmers still needed support despite recent rain improving conditions in parts of the South Island. Federated Farmers North Canterbury Provincial President, Lynda Murchison said the money wouldn’t grow you much of anything, but it provided recognition of the ongoing pressure farmers in the area were facing.