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100 per cent of NSW now in drought

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All of NSW, 100 per cent of it is now in drought. 

The Department of Primary Industries has updated their drought indicator this week which shows 62 per cent of NSW is either in drought or in intense drought and 38 per cent of the state is affected by drought. 

It's been a drier than expected June and July and areas of the Upper Hunter have received a fifth or less of the rain they normally would have at this time in previous years. 

The Hunter region is nearly 49 per cent in intense drought and almost 52 per cent of the region is in drought or drought affected.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said it's tough and everyone is just hoping for rain.

“Producers are now faced with some very difficult decisions on whether to graze sown crops or rely on potential rainfall in the next two months in order to increase yield production,"

“Some areas of the state did receive some welcome rainfall this month that has provided a little relief for stock and domestic water; unfortunately though it will not even come close to the recovery needed for most farmers."

“The forecast suggests an increase of drier than normal conditions for the next three months across the majority of NSW but I want every farmer and community to know that we will stand with them through this challenging time and continue to make sure we have the right support available,” said Niall Blair.

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