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UPDATE: Local drought declared in Wairarapa

Wairarapa is the latest region where the long dry summer is taking its toll on farmers.

The Wairarapa Drought Committee, made up of regional councillors and farmers, has declared a state of local drought. 

While the declaration doesn’t give farmers any compensation, it’s one step closer to having a formal drought declared by the Ministry for Primary Industries.

The Greater Wellington Regional Council’s Wayne O’Donnell says they’ll need rain soon, to avoid a formal declaration.

– Newstalk ZB


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