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Western NSW hit hard by continuing dry

Sally Bryant, Tuesday May 21, 2013 - 12:12 EST
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Farmers in western NSW are 'hard hit' by continuing dry weather. - ABC

As dry conditions continue across much of NSW, the Department of Primary Industries has released the Seasonal Conditions Report for April, identifying several areas of particular concern.

Chief executive officer of the Regional Assistance Advisory Committee, John Newcombe, says despite some rain in late April and early May, many areas of the state continue to feel the impact of the drier than usual season and the committee is receiving advice that some areas are critical.

The committee met late last week to consider its recommendations. The meeting was also attended by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson.

Mr Newcombe says despite some rainfall in parts of the state, the seasonal report for April indicates many areas have seen no rain, and no improvement.

"The rural financial counsellor from Bourke, who is also a member of the Advisory Committee, provided both the minister and the committee a frank and honest appraisal of what was happening in that particular region. Both Bourke and Brewarrina are definitely hard hit at the moment."

Mr Newcombe says a Department of Primary Industries rural support worker has been sent to Bourke to identify what educational and social support can be offered to drought-affected farmers.

He says the minister has not definitively ruled out additional support measures, such as subsidies for fodder transport.

The ABC has contacted the Minister for Primary Industries for her response to the report.


© ABC 2013

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