North West NSW experiences driest 12 months in 200 years
Despite recent rainfall, the State’s North West is experiencing severe drought – causing major problems for primary producers across the region.
Premier Baird said the NSW Government is “keeping a close eye” on the situation and is seeking feedback from the farming industry to better understand how the government can support farmers through the crisis.
“The NSW Government is working to ensure we are supporting farmers get through the worst, while encouraging them to make changes to be better prepared to respond to similar conditions in the future,” Mr Baird said.
Premier Baird was joined on his tour of the region by Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson, who described conditions in the State’s North West as “some of the worst on record”.
Minister Hodgkinson said the Government has allocated over $30 million this year in emergency aid to help farmers adopt practical measures to ensure their long-term survival. Ms Hodgkinson also said National Drought Support Program reforms will provide much-needed assistance to the region’s producers.
“We are continuing to provide support to our primary producers and rural and regional communities since the introduction of the national drought program on 1 July 2014, Ms Hodgkinson said.
“Drought doesn’t respect lines on maps and it’s imperative that a national approach is taken to managing this issue”.
For information about assistance measures currently available in NSW, visit the Department of Primary Industries website or phone the Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593 1800 678 593.