Federated Farmers is looking for positive ways to help drought-stricken farmers in New South Wales.

A news report last week claimed that the state had not faced such conditions since soldiers returned from the Boer war.

"The feelings of helplessness on this side of the Tasman are many, but there are practical things people can do," national president Katie Milne said.

"For instance, we're testing the idea that if anyone out there has a couple of spare rooms or a cottage they may want to offer, to let their Australian peers know and give them the opportunity to catch some respite by offering them a place to take a break.


"If our Australian friends can grab a cheap seat on a plane and just escape the drought headspace for a couple of days, or weeks, and rest up in New Zealand, that could do wonders for their mental health.

"If there is interest in this scheme from both sides of the Tasman we will work out a way to make that happen."

Some may also wish to donate to drought relief charities.

"If you know an Australian farmer, please check with them about which charity they think you should donate to before you do," she said.