Wednesday, July 6, 2022

My Daily Digest: June 1, 2021

It will take a village The flood waters appear to be receding but that’s only laying bare the damage done to Canterbury farms by the floods. Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has released $500,000 after declaring a medium-scale adverse event and that money will help, but the job ahead is monumental.

As always, farmers from around New Zealand are mobilising to provide feed and labour for affected farmers.

But the disruption is widespread and will be long-lasting. Stock sales have been cancelled and with today being Moving Day, dairy farmers looking forward to a fresh start are now stuck in limbo.

It’s not the start to the 2021-22 season many farmers were hoping for.

But if they tackle one job at a time, accept the help on offer and look out for their neighbours, slowly but surely, they’ll get through.


Bryan Gibson


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