14 May 2010

Price hikes disappoint drought support team

12:02 pm on 14 May 2010

The head of a Rural Support Trust is disappointed some farmers are trying to make money off the drought that is affecting much of the country.

Derek Spratt, who is the Bay of Plenty rural support trust chairman, says some farmers are taking advantage of a shortage in feed by hiking their prices for supplements.

He says it's not helpful to those who are struggling through the drought.

Derek Spratt says about five farmers in the Bay of Plenty region are receiving Government assistance and he suspects more will need it in the coming weeks, if there is no significant rainfall.