Top of the South
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Detail of what may be available can be found on the Work and Income drought page: https://www.workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/emergencies/rural-assistance-lower-north-island-and-west-coast-drought-2018.html including Rural Assistance Payments.
Please share this information and encourage farmers in affected areas to talk to their accountants and advisors.
Share with your rural professional contacts so they are aware of the current challenges due to poor spring and dry early summer. Farmers and families may benefit from help revising their budgets. Some who are badly affected - particularly lower-order sharemilkers and contract milkers - may be eligible for entitlements such as Working for Families https://www.workingforfamilies.govt.nz/ so your help to make their accountants / advisors aware is appreciated.
Your local Rural Support Trust is available and Federated Farmers' Feedline is open to both memb ers and non-members: https://www.fedfarm.org.nz/FFPublic/Adverse_Events_Farmer_Support_and_Feedline.aspx
MPI, DairyNZ and B+L NZ also have good information for getting through droughts and dry weather.
Categories: National, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, West Coast
Sunday, January 14, 2018
With a number of farms in drought-affected areas, there is concern about the movement of animals for grazing or getting in supplementary feed from other regions.
The pdf has advice for keeping your farm safe. More infomrmation is available on MPI's website https://www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/alerts/mycoplasma-bovis/#whatucando
Categories: National, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, West Coast
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor has extended the medium-scale adverse event classification to the drought-hit Grey and Buller districts of the South Island’s West Coast.
These are the first South Island additions to the medium-scale event, which was announced for regions of the lower North Island just before Christmas.
Categories: National, Taranaki, Ruapehu-Whanganui, West Coast
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
What happens to farmland which has been flooded by seawater?
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, East Coast
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor today announced the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island would be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.
The affected areas include Taranaki region and western parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions.
Categories: National, Northland, Waikato-Hauraki-Coromandel, Bay of Plenty, East Coast, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, West Coast, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Farmers and growers in very dry regions around the country are urged to make plans to get through a summer that has turned hot and dry sooner than usual.
Minister for Agriculture and Rural Communities Damien O’Connor said today that the latest information from NIWA and industry bodies makes it clear that while farmers are generally coping through this early dry spell, rain over the next few weeks cannot be relied upon.
Categories: National, Taranaki, Manawatu-Rangitikei, Ruapehu-Whanganui, Top of the South, West Coast, North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland