The Gisborne/Wairoa Drought Committee has declared their region a drought area.
Agriculture Minsiter David Carter is meeting the committee today and says the declaration has triggered government drought measures including tax assistance, funding for farm mangement advice and funding for Rural Support Trusts.
Drought is like a chronic disease which creeps up on paddocks as each day’s dawn brings blue sky and sunshine, dashing hopes that today will bring rain.
North Otago has had more than its fair share of droughts and those who’ve farmed through them have learned it is important to have a plan with dates for action, to destock early and ensure that animal welfare is paramount.
Meat & Wool NZ’s website includes advice for planning and management during droughts.