IRD to help drought-hit Northland farmers

By Kate Shuttleworth

Selene Campbell, with her daughter Baylee 2, says their water reserves are drastically low and panic is setting in. Photo / Greg Bowker
Selene Campbell, with her daughter Baylee 2, says their water reserves are drastically low and panic is setting in. Photo / Greg Bowker

The Inland Revenue Department has announced help for drought-hit Northland farmers.

Those whose current or future income will be significantly affected by the drought will be able to make late deposits for the 2012 income year to April 30.

Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said that would mean farmers can better plan their financial response to the conditions.

"Given the dry conditions across the North Island, I imagine that drought events will be declared in other areas. If that is the case then I would expect that similar Inland Revenue announcements will be made for those areas too."

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy declared a state of drought in Northland on Wednesday.

- APNZ

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