Drought officially declared in lower North Island

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Sat, 23 Dec 2017, 6:40AM
Farmers in Taranaki and parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions will be eligible for help with the drought. (Getty Images)
Farmers in Taranaki and parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions will be eligible for help with the drought. (Getty Images)

Drought officially declared in lower North Island

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Sat, 23 Dec 2017, 6:40AM

The Government is now officially recognising a drought, in parts of the lower North Island.

Farmers' leaders in Taranaki asked for support yesterday.

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has released $160,000 in funding, through the Rural Support Trust.

The drought relief is being made available to farmers in Taranaki and parts of the Manawatu-Whanganui and Wellington regions.

He says the fast-growing drought in parts of the lower North Island is to be classified as a medium-scale adverse event.

Mr O’Connor will be in Taranaki today, visiting affected farmers.