Dry conditions take hold

TALK of sowing timing, lack of rain and the potential problems surrounding fodder availability are on the agenda.

Sonia O'Keefe

Sonia O'Keefe

Despite weekend rain most parts of the state and the Riverina were considered dry.

Political interest has mounted however, NSW Farmers wants to see more done to address the plight. 

Both the Premier and Minister for Primary Industries have toured many of the state’s dry areas.

As the drought conditions worsen, farmers will be making hard decisions to manage their enterprises, families will be managing tightening budgets, and local suppliers will see falling trade.

Sonia O'Keefe

NSW Farmers Rural Affairs Committee chairwoman, Sonia O’Keefe, said many farmers have been or are, actioning the strategies they have in place to manage the ongoing impacts of the hottest and driest April in 20 years, but it’s important politicians listen to farmers’ concerns.

“While well-intentioned, the appointment of a drought coordinator will not address the needs of farmers who have limited access to water or feed, and no rain. “As the drought conditions worsen, farmers will be making hard decisions to manage their enterprises, families will be managing tightening budgets, and local suppliers will see falling trade,” she said. 

“It will be critical that the NSW Government also commits to expanding the ... Farm Innovation Fund providing low income loans for farm improvements; ensures ongoing availability of Drought Concessional Loans; and increases the capacity of regional programs particularly for financial counselling; as well as those supporting well-being and good mental health.