12 Mar 2013

Gisborne asks for drought declaration

10:39 am on 12 March 2013

Gisborne is the latest region to seek Government recognition that it is in a state of drought.

It joins Taranaki and Manawatu-Rangitikei in seeking to be included in official drought zones.

Wairarapa will consider the same move on Tuesday.

Gisborne, Wairoa and East Coast Rural Support Trust co-ordinator David Scott says the region's drought committee has asked the Minister for Primary Industries to declare a state of drought as soon as possible.

Mr Scott said in droughts in 2007 and 2008 farmers on the East Coast were able to be supplied feed from adjoining regions, but because the North Island has been widely affected this time that's not possible.

Mr Scott says he's also been told that the supplementary feed which comes from Malaysia has already all been sold.

Official drought zones have been declared in Northland north of the Harbour Bridge, Auckland south of the bridge, Waikato including Taupo and Coromandel, Bay of Plenty including Rotorua, and Hawke's Bay.