99.5 % Of New South Wales Drought Affected

99.5 % Of New South Wales Drought Affected

New South Wales Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall

Drought Retains Tight Grip Despite Rain

Victor P Taffa

New South Wales continues to experience prolonged and widespread drought conditions despite some welcome rainfall in March, Minister for Agriculture and Minister for Western New South Wales Adam Marshall said today.

Drought conditions are affecting the east, eastern Riverina, Central and Southern Tablelands and Central West of the State.

Minister Marshall has released the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries State Seasonal Update for March, which shows that while some isolated areas had moved into drought recovery, much of the Western region missed out altogether.

99.5 % Of New South Wales Drought Affected

“New South Wales Combined Drought Indicator shows that although there have been some shifts in the nature of the current drought, 99.5 % of New South Wales is still experiencing drought conditions.” Minister Marshall said.

“It was wonderful to see farmers in some areas receive their first significant falls in a long time, but unfortunately there is no break from drought conditions.”

“Sadly, drought is continuing to retain its tight grip on the State and more follow up rain is needed to ensure that any short-term improvement is sustained.” Minister Marshall said.

According to the Update, conditions are unchanged in the far west, north-west and parts of central New South Wales, which remain in the Intense Drought and Drought categories.

“I am acutely aware of how difficult these conditions are for our farmers, which is why I am quickly assessing current drought relief measures to make sure farmers are receiving the best possible support and that this support is ongoing.” Minister Marshall said.

“New South Wales Government has committed almost $1.5 Billion to the drought support package, boosted the Farm Innovation Fund from $650 Million to $1 Billion and increased the value of low interest loans available through the fund up to $1 Million.”

“As Minister for Agriculture, I will continue to support our farmers to keep growing the world-class food and fibre we all rely on.” Minister Marshall said.