98.6 % Of New South Wales Drought Declared Week Ending 5 May 2019

98.6 % Of New South Wales Drought Declared Week Ending 5 May 2019

New South Wales Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall

New South Wales Minister for Western New South Wales Adam Marshall

Drought Continues To Bite Despite Welcomed Widespread Rain

Victor P Taffa

Despite some significant rainfall in parts of the State last week, New South Wales continues to experience prolonged and widespread drought conditions.

98.6 % of New South Wales is still 1 of 3 drought categories on the New South Wales Combined Drought Indicator (CDI).

Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales Adam Marshall said that while the rainfall was welcome, farmers across the State were still doing it incredibly tough.

“This rain will help ease conditions in some areas and is timely for winter crop sowing, but it is far from enough to represent a break from the drought.” Minister Marshall said.

“While the west, north-west and south of the State received between 25-100 millimetres of rain at the end of last week, we’re still seeing 98.6 % of the State in drought, which is only a minor decrease from 99.5 % figure as at the end of March.”

“I’m heartened by that improvement but the reality is we still require significant follow-up rainfalls to ensure any improvements are sustained and our rural communities start to feel reprieve from one of the worst droughts in living memory.” Minister Marshall said.

Latest CDI shows the Northern Tablelands, North West and Western Local Land Service regions remain the worst hit by ongoing dry conditions.

NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Drought conditions are unrelenting and that’s why as Minister my number one priority right now is delivering a new drought funding package to provide our farming and rural communities with the support they need.” Minister Marshall said.

“Over the coming weeks I’ll be getting out and about to chat to rural communities about what else the New South Wales Government can do to continue to provide much needed relief.”

To date the New South Wales Government’s Emergency Drought Relief Package has provided more than $1.5 Billion in support and assistance measures to farmers and rural and regional communities.

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New South Wales Rainfall Map Week Ending 5 May 2019