Whole state is now drought declared

Niall Blair
Niall Blair

FOR the past few weeks there has been tiny pockets of NSW which might be considered not “in drought.”

However, the big dry has increased its grip and now the state government has declared 100 per cent of NSW as being in drought. 

The latest seasonal update reveled the new plight. 

Farmers are continuing to battle through one of the driest winters. 

June and July have been much drier than expected, resulting in failing crops, water shortages and a diminishing supply of fodder to sustain stock.

Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair said the latest update confirms what many farmers across the state have seen, with only 0 to 10mm of rain recorded over the past month in the Western, North West and Central areas of NSW.

“This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities,” Mr Blair said.

“Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production.

“Some areas of the state did receive some welcome rainfall this month that has provided a little relief for stock and domestic water; unfortunately though it will not even come close to the recovery needed for most farmers.

“The forecast suggests an increase of drier than normal conditions for the next three months across the majority of NSW but I want every farmer and community to know that we will stand with them through this challenging time and continue to make sure we have the right support available.”

This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities.

Niall Blair