NSW government pledges $300 million to drought support

NSW government pledges $300 million to drought support

The New South Wales (NSW) government has taken measures to ensure agriculture in the state is not continually hampered by ongoing dry and hot conditions.

The latest NSW drought support package will supplement capital which already comes from the Farm Innovation Fund.

Struggled through dry conditions

A total of $300 million will be made available to farmers and primary agriculture producers across the region over the next five years. State Premier Mike Baird was quick to sympathise with those who have struggled through the dry conditions and vowed that the government will provide assistance both now and into the future.

“Our policy provides short term assistance for those in need, but also puts in place a long-term, fully-funded strategy to enable primary producers to become more resilient and productive, which will lead to greater output from our regional economies,” explained Mr Baird in a February 4 press release.

Effective water management can go a long way to tackle debilitating drought conditions, with NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant pointing out that the latest round of funding is partly being put in place with that in mind.

$366 million of support

“We have been listening to our regional communities and are delivering the vital support they need to survive drought, including a further $366 million under our Water Security for Regions program,” he said.

The NSW government will – by its own admission – remain transparent and accountable when dealing with the issues that dry conditions in the region can pose.

Ensuring that any available water is put to good use is imperative in drought conditions. Integrating a water conditioner from Hydrosmart can help do just that.

As well as unlocking the bio-available nutrients within the resource – making it perfect for use in agriculture – the system also produces very little waste. Ultimately, this means that every last drop of precious water can be used where it is needed most.