The Premier of NSW has today announced a new relief package to assist farmers caught in the middle of the NSW drought.
With 99 per cent of the state now in drought, a $500 million Emergency Drought Relief Package will work to help battling farmers through the tough times.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said farmers are facing one of the driest winters on record, resulting in failing crops, drastic water shortages and a diminishing supply of fodder to sustain livestock.
“We have listened to farmers throughout NSW who have told me they urgently need help”, Ms Berejiklian said.
“To date we have already committed $584 million in drought support, most of which is focused on preparation for drought conditions'.
“However, conditions are now so dire that further support is needed to address the more immediate needs for farmers and their communities until the drought breaks”