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Every year, there are periods of dry weather that can have a disruptive impact on farms and local farming communities. 

Agricultural drought

Agricultural drought is when soil moisture becomes so low, plants can no longer grow. As soil moisture decreases, plants become stressed and die if the drought is prolonged. An agricultural drought ends when adequate amounts of rain restore soil moisture levels 

Hydrological drought

Hydrological drought refers to a significant reduction in the amount of water available in rivers, lakes and groundwater (the hydrological system). This happens when rainfall is well below expected levels in a large catchment area for an extended period, often leading to water supply shortages.

Help is available to farmers, growers, and their families during drought and in the recovery period from the Ministry of Primary Industries. Learn more about dealing with drought conditions

Get ready for a drought

Drought in Taranaki

Drought is one of New Zealand’s most common and costly hazards, because they can effect a very large area and the effects can be felt for several years afterwards. South Taranaki is predicted to experience drier, more frequent droughts.