2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund

Find out about the 2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund, the eligibility criteria, and how to apply.

Up to $3,500 available

The 2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund is to help farmers recover from the 2020 drought, and plan for future droughts. It will pay for professional advice to a maximum of $3,500 (excluding GST). The fund is capped at $3.5 million (excluding GST).

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Successful applicants can decide what type of drought-related advice they need. They can choose a supplier either from the pre-approved list or find their own.

Check you're eligible

To be eligible for this fund:

  • the farm must be in a 2020 drought-affected region or district
  • the farming business must have been negatively affected by the 2020 drought
  • at least 50% of the farmer's income, in a normal year, must be earned from the farming business (land in collective Māori title is excluded from this condition).

Areas affected by drought in 2020

Types of drought recovery advice

The 2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund can help farmers get a wide range of drought-related business and technical advice. The advice can include (but is not limited to):

  • stock water best practice
  • feed management systems
  • strategic planning, including farm business and whole farm plans
  • land management and sustainable management techniques
  • analysis of farm systems
  • risk and recovery management
  • business continuity
  • modelling farm systems change scenarios
  • alternate land-use options
  • technical advice on soil, pastures, or animal production
  • financial planning and decision support
  • farm accounts analysis.

How to apply

Applications closed on 12 June 2020.

What happens next?

Successful applicants will be given instructions on how to proceed with their preferred supplier by 30 June.

Successful applicants need to receive their drought-related recovery advice by the end of the financial year (June 2021). It must also be invoiced by the end of the financial year.

If you are successful, MPI will pay for recovery advisory services of up to a maximum of $3,500 (GST excluded). Any costs incurred over the approved amount will be at your own expense.

Choosing a supplier

Farmers may choose any supplier from MPI's pre-approved list. If the desired supplier is not on this list, they will need to register with MPI to receive a payment from the fund.

Farmers may only use one supplier but the supplier can be from outside their region.

List of pre-approved suppliers

Action Ecology

AG Design

Ag Farm Consultants Ltd

AgFirst Central

AgFirst Gisborne

AgFirst Hawke's Bay – Pastoral

AgFirst Manawatu-Whanganui

AgFirst Northland

AgFirst Waikato

AgFirst Wairoa

agKnowledge Ltd

Agrimagic Ltd

Agrispecialists NZ Ltd


Allan Agricultural Consulting Ltd

Allan McNeill

Allegrow Limited

AM Broomfield Ltd

Anexa Vet Services

Baker Ag

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway Taranaki Ltd

Ballance Agri-Nutrients Ltd

BDO Central

BDO Christchurch

BDO Gisborne

BDO Taranaki

BFA Chartered Accountants


BM Accounting

Bosworth Capital

Brown Glassford and Co

Campbell Tyson Limited

Capper MacDonald & King Ltd

Challenge Consultancy Ltd

CL Accounting Ltd

Compass Agribusiness


Cos-Ca Ltd

Croft Consulting

Dairy Direct Ltd

Dairy Production Systems Ltd

Dairy Solutions Ltd

Darragh Valuations Ltd

Diprose Miller Ltd

DNA Drumm Nevatt & Associates

Dunham Consulting

Enviromental Management Solutions Ltd

Farm Mapping Co Ltd

Farm360 Ltd

Farmcare NZ Ltd

Financial Rural

Findex NZ Ltd

Flynn Holdings Ltd

Forest 360

Forme Consulting Group

Freeman Farming Consultancy

Fruition Horticulture (BOP) Ltd

FT Consulting

G&A Contracting Ltd

Gilmore Taylor

GoodMan Rural

GPS-it Ltd

Ground Truth Ltd

Harris Taylor Ltd

Harvest Farm Advisory Ltd

Hawkins Consulting Ltd


Hoiho Creative Limited

Hunterville Veterinary Club Inc

Hydro Logic NZ Ltd

Ian Scott

Integrity Soils Ltd

Isaac's Plumbing, Pumping & Electrical

John Dawson Consulting Ltd

John Ryan

Kap Ag

LandMark Advisory

Landvision Ltd

Lattey Group Ltd

Leslie & O'Donnell Limited

LIC FarmWise

Lincoln University – Prof Derrick Moot

Liquid Action Ltd

Lynch & Partners

Macfarlane Rural Business

Matamata Vet Services

MBS Advisors

Milkmap Consulting Ltd

Miller Gale Winter Ltd

Moore Markhams Hawkes Bay Ltd

Neil Smith AG Consulting Ltd

Next Level Grazing Ltd

Nutri Link (Farm Nutrient Advisory Ltd)

Nutrition Services Ltd

NZ Farm Management Ltd

NZ Regenerate Ltd

Paul Reidy

Permanent Forests NZ Ltd

Perrin Ag Consultants Ltd

Peters Doig

PGG Wrightson

PKF Carr & Stanton Ltd



Rendle Rural Ltd

Reset regenerate (Phil Schofield)

Riverslea Station Ltd

Rob Gollan Farm Consulting

Roy Evans

Rural Business Solutions Ltd

Rural Directions Advisory Services Ltd


Sheppard Agriculture

Soil Connection

Soter Rural Compliance


Sunckell Ventures Ltd

Swinburn and Associates

Systems Insight Ltd

Taihape Veterinary Services Ltd

Tambo New Zealand

Target Focus Ltd

Tipu Whenua Ltd

Top Paddock Consulting Ltd

Total Ag Ltd

Totally Vets Ltd

Velocite Ltd

Vet Services Hawke's Bay


Walton Farm Consulting

Water Strategies

Water Vision Ltd

WaterForce Ltd

Whitelaw Weber Ltd

Williamson Water and Land Advisory

Wilson Consultancy (2009) Ltd



Find out more

If you have questions about this fund, email Drought2020.Recovery@mpi.govt.nz

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