100% Of New South Wales Now Drought Declared

100% Of New South Wales Now Drought Declared

New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair

All Of New South Wales Now In Drought

Victor P Taffa

As farmers continue through the one of the driest winters on record, the latest seasonal update shows that New South Wales is now 100 % in drought.

June and July have been much drier than expected, resulting in failing crops, water shortages and a diminishing supply of fodder to sustain stock.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said this latest update confirms what many farmers across the state have seen, with only 0-10 mm of rain recorded over the past month in the Western, North West and Central areas of New South Wales.

“This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities.” Minister Blair said.

“Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.”

“Some areas of the state did receive some welcome rainfall this month that has provided a little relief for stock and domestic water; unfortunately though it will not even come close to the recovery needed for most farmers.”

“Forecast suggests an increase of drier than normal conditions for the next 3 months across the majority of New South Wales but I want every farmer and community to know that we will stand with them through this challenging time and continue to make sure we have the right support available.” Minister Blair said.

New South Wales Government has announced more than $1 Billion in drought relief measures, which include:

  • Animal welfare measures,
  • Further bolstering the Farm Innovation Fund,
  • Mental health support,
  • Transport subsidies,
  • Waivers on farming costs.

Primary producers are reminded that they don’t need to be in a particular drought category to access assistance and support measures.

It is important that farmers do not self-assess and check their eligibility for assistance.