2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund

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

Up to $5,000 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 $5,000 (excluding GST). The fund is capped at $500,000 (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

Eligible farmers can apply by completing an application form and emailing it to funding@mpi.govt.nz

Download the 2020 Drought Recovery Advice Fund application [PDF, 727 KB]

Applicants do not need to know who their supplier will be when they submit their application. However, it is important to think about what sort of advice is needed and who would be best to provide it.

Applications will be accepted from 9am on 11 May 2020 until 5pm on 12 June 2020. 

What happens next?

Farmers are required to submit an application to funding@mpi.govt.nz by 5pm on 12 June. On 22 June, successful applicants will be given instructions on how to proceed with their preferred supplier.

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 $5,000 (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 use more than one supplier and can use a supplier from outside their region.

List of pre-approved suppliers

AG Design

AgFirst Gisborne

AgFirst Hawke's Bay – Pastoral

AgFirst Manawatu-Whanganui

AgFirst Northland

AgFirst Waikato

AgFirst Wairoa

Agrispecialists NZ Ltd

Baker Ag

Baker Tilly Staples Rodway

BDO Christchurch Limited

BDO Taranaki

BM Accounting

Bosworth Capital

Brown Glassford and Co

Capper MacDonald & King Ltd

CL Accounting Ltd

Compass Agribusiness


Cos-Ca Ltd

Dairy Production Systems Ltd

Diprose Miller Ltd

Dunham Consulting

Financial Rural

Findex NZ Ltd

Forme Consulting Group

Gilmore Taylor

GoodMan Rural


Kap Ag

LandMark Advisory

LIC FarmWise

Lincoln University – Prof Derrick Moot

Macfarlane Rural Business

NZ Farm Management Ltd

Paul Reidy

Perrin Ag Consultants Ltd

Peters Doig

PGG Wrightson

PKF Carr & Stanton Ltd



Rendle Rural Ltd

Sheppard Agriculture

Soter Rural Compliance

Tambo New Zealand

Totally Vets Ltd

Total Ag Ltd

Walton Farm Consulting

Water Strategies



Becoming a pre-approved supplier

To become pre-approved, suppliers must show they have the required capability, capacity, and experience to advise the types of farm businesses affected by drought.

Becoming pre-approved usually takes 1 to 2 weeks.

For more information on becoming an MPI pre-approved supplier, email funding@mpi.govt.nz

Find out more

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

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