26 May 2020

Paltry rainfall leaves drought stricken farmers demoralised

From First Up, 5:12 am on 26 May 2020

Farmers in parched regions of the country say the recent rainfall is a small reprieve -- but it's no drought-breaker. The hardest hit areas of Northland, Auckland, Hawkes Bay and North Canterbury got between 8 and 15 mililtres, but need much more to restore soil moisture levels to normal. Our reporter Robin Martin spoke to the president of Northland Federated Farmers, John Blackwell, who farms sheep and beef cattle south of Dargaville. He began by asking how much rain they had in Northland.