Farming sector well prepared for El Nino droughts

The farming sector reckons they are well prepared for El Nino droughts.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has praised farmers’ preparations for this summer’s El Nino climate pattern, as it shapes up to be one of the strongest on record.

“NIWA has released a report last week confirming that El Nino will definitely continue at least over the next three months, and is likely to intensify and peak over the summer,” says Mr Guy.

“This is likely to mean less rainfall in the north and east, which is tough for farmers in Canterbury, Otago and Marlborough who are already feeling the effects of an extended drought.

“The planning that farmers and growers have carried out in anticipation of this has been very worthwhile.  

“Talking to people in different parts of the country, it’s clear that many are working with advisors – vets, banks, other farmers – and putting their plans into action. Many have been making decisions with trigger points for certain actions or events – such as starting to destock, or planning alternative feed sources.

“Many farmers have lived through the impacts of El Nino previously and have a good idea of what to expect. They know that even as it peaks this summer, the knock-on effects such as availability of winter feed also have to be considered now.

“A wide range of support and advice is available, including practical advice on issues like crop planning and animal management, to talking about financial decisions and other options.

“An example is North Canterbury farmers sending stock to western North Island districts for grazing and sharefarming.

Excellent.  No government handouts needed then.


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