Drought continues to bite in NSW despite welcomed widespread rain

Drought continues to bite in NSW despite welcomed widespread rain
Drought continues to bite in NSW despite welcomed widespread rain

Despite some significant rainfall in parts of the state this month, NSW continues to experience prolonged and widespread drought conditions.

On the NSW Combined Drought Indicator (CDI), 98.6% of the state is still in one of three drought categories.

Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Adam Marshall said that while the rainfall was welcome, farmers across the state were still doing it incredibly tough.

“This rain will help ease conditions in some areas and is timely for winter crop sowing, but it is far from enough to represent a break from the drought,” Marshall said.

“While the west, north-west and south of the state received between 25 to 100 millimeters of rain at the end of last week, we’re still seeing 98.6% of the state in drought, which is only a minor decrease from 99.5% figure as at the end of March.

“I’m heartened by that improvement but the reality is we still require significant follow- up rainfalls to ensure any improvements are sustained and our rural communities start to feel a reprieve from one of the worst droughts in living memory.”

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Drought continues to bite in NSW despite welcomed widespread rain

Source: NSW Government 

The latest CDI shows the Northern Tablelands, North West and Western Local Land Service regions remain the worst hit by ongoing dry conditions.

“Drought conditions are unrelenting and that’s why as Minister my number one priority right now is delivering a new drought funding package to provide our farming and rural communities with the support they need,” Marshall said.

“Over the coming weeks I’ll be getting out and about to chat to rural communities about what else the NSW Government can do to continue to provide much needed relief.”

To date the NSW Government’s Emergency Drought Relief Package has provided more than $1.5 billion in support and assistance measures to farmers and rural and regional communities.

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