While the recent rain in the lower South Island will provide some relief to our farmers, we are all hoping more is on the way. The rainfall has delivered much-needed respite for Southland’s rivers and aquifers, although it is still too early to determine the full impact. The long-term effect of the extreme dry conditions is likely to be felt by many farmers over the winter and into spring.
We are here to support farmers through these challenging times. We continue to work with our industry colleagues to ensure the needs of farmers and those sectors supporting farmers are well understood by Government.
An Alliance representative attended an industry meeting with Ministers Damien O’Connor (Agriculture) and Meka Whaitiri (Associate Minister Agriculture) in Invercargill on Thursday, and we understand an announcement on support for the sector will be made by the Government next week.
It is important that we continue to connect with and support each other. We were thrilled to help Ag Proud bring people together by providing product for the Brews & Banter ‘drought shout’ events in Southland recently. Our local livestock reps and regional managers got along to the events, and all commented on just how great it was to see communities reconnecting.