Meat & Livestock News

Marlborough Drought Alert

TL;DR: Marlborough drought declared, bringing government support and relief to stressed farmers facing unprecedented conditions.

Farmers in Marlborough are facing tough times due to drought, affecting their mental health and family life.

Government Steps In

The Government’s classification of the drought as a medium-scale event is a relief for local farmers.

Agriculture Minister Todd McClay acknowledged the hardship, promising to monitor other regions too.

Rural Communities Minister Mark Patterson highlighted the unlocked support, including tax relief and funding for rural support services.

Local Reaction

Local farmers feel recognized and supported, easing some stress from the challenging conditions.

Federated Farmers’ Evan White emphasised the unprecedented effects of the drought, with water sources drying up and crops failing. He noted the impact of inflation and rising interest rates on farming operations.

Despite potential rain, the late season diminishes its benefits, with low stock prices adding to the strain.