[13 March/ Stuff]

Environment Canterbury rainfall data revealed up to 77.5 millimetres of rain had fallen this week in parts of North Canterbury, with rainfall as low as 36 millimetres in other areas of the region. While the rain soaked into the soil enough to boost pastures and winter crop growth, it is not enough to fill dry stock dams and depleted water tables. Federated Farmers North Canterbury Meat and Fibre Chairman Dan Hodgen said a period of rain, instead of an amount of rain, would fix the drought. Federated Farmers North Canterbury President Lynda Murchison said North Canterbury said a very wet winter is necessary to improve the groundwater table.