Drought decision to be announced

Northland farmers are set to find out if they will get a drought declaration after weeks of hot, dry weather.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has confirmed he'll make an announcement at a Dargaville dairy farm on whether a drought will be declared in Northland on Wednesday.

If announced, a range of relief measures and economic aid would follow.

Mr Guy, a dairy farmer himself, said on Monday dry conditions were making life tough for farmers and the next few weeks would be crucial.

Farms in many parts of the country, including Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Manawatu, Canterbury and Hawke's Bay are running dry after a hot summer.

Waikato Regional Council has also formed a drought committee but it is holding off on a formal drought declaration.

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