Letter: Drought entitlement is a mystery

THE NSW Government must explain to drought-affected irrigators why their general security ­entitlements have been maintained at zero when the Dartmouth Dam is at 90 per cent capacity and irrigators in other states are seeing higher entitlements maintained.

Farmers, dealing with the impact of one of the worst droughts on record, are scratching their heads today, wondering what on earth is going on.

Farmers have been asking for the NSW Government to provide an early allocation, on a brought-

forward basis, of as little as 1 per cent of their entitlement. This allocation, to be returned once it rains, will enable the finishing of winter crops that will otherwise die without water.

By bringing forward water, these farmers can do their bit to assist struggling producers across the rest of the state tackle the need for increased supply of fodder to keep animals alive into the spring and summer.

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