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Southland farmers are being
encouraged to support their
drought-stricken colleagues in
other parts of the country with
grazing or supplementary feed.
Despite recent rain across most
parts of the country, Federated
Farmers was warning that the
drought could impact on farmers
for some time to come.
National adverse events
spokesman David Rose, of
Southland, said he urged farmers
in this province to think about
The drought was likely to affect
farmers, across the country, over
the next 12 months or more.
"It's going to affect their incomes
going forward... droughts are very
hard on people.
"Farmers have already lowered
stocking rates, dried off cows and
spent an awful lot on feed. Going
forward, they will have less income
because they have less animals,
and they are going to have to buy
Despite recent rain in some
affected areas times were still
"The drought definitely isn't over --
there are still plenty of areas that
are affected." Mr Rose said.
Central Otago was an area closer
to home needing help, while
Ranfurly was the driest it had
been since records began in
1943. With soil temperatures now
dropping away grass growth would
be limited, despite the rain, in the
approach to winter.
"In fact, it could be the South
Island, at the end of the day, that's
worse off," Mr Rose said.
"Absolutely those people are going
to be looking for feed... it could be
grazing or feed."
Federated Farmers had stablished
a feed list to introduce farmers
who wanted to buy and sell feed.
Any farmer could access this
service and no commission was
The contact number is
0800 DROUGHT (376 844).
"There has been feed going
through the system -- it's been
moving round and it's been being
used. Federated Farmers is trying
to put buyer and seller together,"
Mr Rose asked that farmers price
their feed reasonably and did not
exploit drought-stricken farmers in
According to MAF, in 2008,
drought cost New Zealand $2.8
billion in lost expenditure. It's
believed that this drought is not as
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister
David Carter was urging drought-
affected farmers to plan for a
tough winter and spring.
"This winter looks like it will be a
difficult one for farmers around
the country," he said.
"It could be weeks or even
months before there will be
sufficient pasture cover to
adequately feed stock, and the
financial effects will be felt for
Farmer support wanted
By Mary Witsey
Government funding for the so-
called "Around the Mountain"
cycle trail -- one of seven "quick-
start" projects in the national
cycleway proposal -- is likely to
meet only about a third of the total
cost, Southland District Council
chief executive David Adamson
said this week.
The national funding, of $4
million, is likely to cover only
the construction of the section
from Walter Peak to Mossburn,
meaning Venture Southland,
the council and other parties,
including the communities en
route, will have to find ways of
stumping up with the rest.
Despite that, the council was
adamant the rest of the trail, from
Mossburn to Lumsden and then
up through Athol and Garston to
Kingston, would be built and those
plans were being progressed,
albeit slowly. The multi-day
experience was a must for
economic development, he said.
Pressure for funding was being
maintained on the Ministry of
Tourism because the full economic
benefit of the trail would not be
recognised until the whole trail
was completed -- a point the
Ministry appeared to be missing,
Mr Adamson said.
"Staff and various groups are
working hard to find ways to raise
the rest of the funding, which
is about another $7 million.
The Government has changed
the goalposts on us and we are
working on modifying everything
as quickly as possible to adapt to
their changing demands," he said.
Mr Adamson hoped the whole
project would be more of a
partnership where all parties
could see the full benefits of the
project and work collectively to
achieve a completed end result.
The current philosophy appeared
to be to spread resources thinly
far and wide, which was not likely
to achieve the Government's initial
objectives, he said.
Only about 10km of new tracks in
Prime Minister John Key's national
cycleway has been constructed
from the $50 million fund set up
for the project a year ago.
Mr Adamson said he hoped all
interested parties could align to
deliver on the original vision.
Trail progress slow
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