Minister for Agriculture says more rain needed to break the drought

Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall with Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders during a drought tour of the central west in 2019. Photo: Ryan Young.
Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall with Dubbo MP Dugald Saunders during a drought tour of the central west in 2019. Photo: Ryan Young.

The Minister for Agriculture has described the recent rainfall across NSW as "bloody brilliant" but says it's nowhere near drought-breaking.

Adam Marshall said much more rain was needed over the coming weeks and months before the drought begins to break.

"It's bloody brilliant to see parts of the State record their best rainfall numbers in years and at this stage of drought, every millimetre of moisture counts," the Ag Minister said.

"For some lucky farmers dams have been filled and water availability in catchments has improved, meaning producers may be able to scale back hand feeding or start looking at restocking as pastures recover.

"However a drought doesn't break overnight. We need to see consistent widespread falls over many months before we can start talking about recovery."

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Mr Marshall said it was also important to note that large parts of the state has missed out on significant rainfall so far this year.

"Unfortunately, some areas of NSW, including the Riverina, Far Western, and Central NSW didn't even receive 10mm over the past week and have seen very little so far this year," he said.

"For those that missed out the recent images of rain and filled dams were bittersweet."

Despite further rain forecast across eastern NSW in coming days the current longer-range forecast shows no clear sign of a wetter than average autumn across NSW.