Premier to meet drought-stricken farmers

Julia Carlisle

The NSW premier is heading to the dusty paddocks in the state's central west to unveil significant drought-relief funding for communities as part of next week's budget.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian along with her deputy John Barilaro and Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair will be in Dubbo on Wednesday.

Farmers will be able to access a $284 million package and get access to one-off $50,000 loans that will be interest-free for seven years, according to the ABC.

A $4 million mental-health package will also be announced, Mr Barilaro told ABC on Wednesday.

It comes as the Country Women's Association heads to Broken Hill for a forum on Wednesday to discuss the impacts of the worsening drought conditions across the state.

"It's time for action and the kind of support that will make a real difference to the state's producers, and by convening this forum we hope some great initiatives will be put on the table," said CWA NSW president Annette Turner in a statement.

"Drought doesn't just affect our farmers and landholders, it affects everyone who relies on our agricultural industries and the communities in which they live," she said.