[Drought/ Timaru Herald]

The Ministry for Primary Industries has announced that the South Canterbury region’s drought classification was not extended at the end of December following a recovery in the soil moisture levels.  A medium scale adverse event was declared in Marlborough, Canterbury and parts of Otago in February 2015 and extended in June 2016.  Federated Farmers regional President, Mark Adams, said the lifting of drought conditions in South Canterbury was good news for farmers and reflected substantial rain in the last two months.