This time last year I wrote about the beneficial impact to the New Zealand economy of the wet summer as city folk complained about the lack of sunshine during January and February 2012.
Twelve months on and the tables have turned. Sun worshippers and beach goers have had their wishes come true this year with summer recording exceptionally high sunshine hours. Now it is the turn of the farmers to suffer as the country is engulfed in a drought.
Auckland and Northland, amongst other regions, have been declared drought zones and the forecast for rain over the next month or so doesn’t look promising. Many dairy farmers have gone down to once a day milking and beef and sheep farmers are selling stock due to lack of grass. The combination of drought conditions and the high dollar has resulted in a difficult summer for the rural sector.Details