The New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries will push for immediate financial assistance for drought-affected farmers when she meets with her federal counterpart, Barnaby Joyce, today.

Yesterday, state minister Katrina Hodgkinson announced a suite of support measures to help struggling farmers in the NSW north-west prepare for drought.

But she admits landholders in those areas are caught in a difficult bureaucratic situation.

"One of the problems that we foresaw, when we were discussing this with the former Labor government, was what if we haven't got time before the next drought to really get drought preparedness up and established," she said.

"That's where we find ourselves now.

"We need need to be assisting people and I do recognise that they are in a dire situation."

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