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 was available for farmers

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

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

Eligibility criteria for the fund

To be eligible for this fund:

  • the farm must have beeen 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 have been earned from the farming business (land in collective Māori title was excluded from this condition).

Areas affected by drought in 2020

Types of drought recovery advice

The 2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund helped farmers get a wide range of drought-related business and technical advice. The advice included (but was 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. The fund is not taking new applications since its budget has been completely allocated amongst the successful applicants.

What happens next?

Successful applicants were 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.

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

Successful applicants 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.

Successful applicants may only use one supplier, but the supplier can be from outside their region.

List of pre-approved suppliers [PDF, 295 KB]

Other support available

Alternative financial support that is available through the current classification includes:

Increased tax flexibility, Income Equalisation Scheme – Inland Revenue Department  

The Farm Debt Mediation Scheme – MPI

Farm Business Advice Support Fund – Rural Support Trusts

Find out more

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

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