Farmers urged to seek help

16:00, Mar 11 2014

Farmers are being encouraged to reach out for help if dry conditions worsen.

The Rural Support Trust's Waikato chapter, which covers South Auckland, says many farmers are struggling because of low rainfalls, warm temperatures and strong winds which are drying the soil.

Dams in the Hunua Ranges are about 68 per cent full, 10 per cent down on the March average, Watercare figures show.

Trust chairman Neil Bateup says farmers should make sure they have a contingency plan in case the dry weather continues.

"We'd urge farmers to talk to their neighbours, and the likes of DairyNZ, Beef and Lamb, farm consultants, accountants, banks and the trust," he says. "We haven't received calls for help but we're aware of the potential for farmers to suffer stress if conditions worsen."

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