Friday, 1 March 2013

Drought 'just a part of agriculture' - Federated Farmers

Farmers need to stay positive when weather events occur, according to Federated Farmers' Southland provincial president.

Russell MacPherson, a dairy farmer in Winton, says while it is tough for many farmers around New Zealand, that is the nature of their livelihood.

He says drought is just a part of agriculture.

While farmers in many parts of the country are suffering from the extremely dry weather, in Southland the grass is still growing, he says, although there are mounting concerns the longer the dry weather continues.

A medium scale drought has already been declared in Northland after one of its driest summers in years.

Farmers across the North Island are finding it difficult to cope as the dry summer continues, with dairy horticulture and meat industries all feeling the pinch.

Federated Farmers says Hamilton, Rotorua, Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Waikato are likely to also become drought zones, and Auckland south of the harbour bridge is also asking to be formally declared a drought zone.
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