Farmers affected by adverse events
If you’re a farmer and have been affected by an adverse event (eg, flood or drought) which is classed as medium or large-scale by the Minister for Primary Industries, you may be able to get a Rural Assistance Payment.
- You don’t have to be on a benefit to qualify for a Rural Assistance Payment.
- You don't have to pay the money back.
Who can get it
You may be able to get a Rural Assistance Payment if:
- your farm is your main source of income, eg:
- dairy products
- arable farming
- an orchard
- herb or flower growing
- a market garden
- poultry farming
- you're finding it difficult to meet essential living expenses through your farming business
- you have no other significant income and assets connected to your farming business.
You can only get this help when the Minister announces that an area and/or type of industry needs assistance. This is usually after that area or industry has been affected by:
- a natural disaster, eg flood
- a climatic event, eg drought
- a biosecurity incursion, eg a pest, or disease which has come into New Zealand.