Re­lief for dairy farm­ers

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FARM­ERS af­fected by the ret­ro­spec­tive price cuts im­ple­mented by col­lapsed milk pro­ces­sor Na­tional Dairy Prod­ucts are now el­i­gi­ble for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s dairy as­sis­tance pack­age af­ter ex­ten­sive lob­by­ing by the United Dairy­farm­ers of Vic­to­ria.

UDV Pres­i­dent Adam Jenk­ins praised the gov­ern­ment for ex­tend­ing the pack­age to in­clude NDP sup­pli­ers in ad­di­tion to Mur­ray Goul­burn and Fon­terra.

‘‘We’re pleased to see the Gov­ern­ment ac­knowl­edge the stress the milk cri­sis has put on farm­ers by ex­tend­ing the as­sis­tance pack­age,’’ he said.

‘‘The UDV has worked hard by ne­go­ti­at­ing with Min­is­ter Joyce to se­cure this out­come.

‘‘We want to sup­port farm­ers af­fected by the milk cri­sis and the fed­eral pack­age goes a long way to help­ing.’’

The $579 mil­lion dairy as­sis­tance pack­age in­cludes:

$555 mil­lion in Dairy Re­cov­ery Con­ces­sional Loans;

$2 mil­lion to es­tab­lish a com­mod­ity milk price in­dex;

$900,000 for ad­di­tional Ru­ral Fi­nan­cial Coun­sel­lors;

$900,000 for Dairy Aus­tralia’s Tac­tics for Tight Times pro­gramme;

18 more De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices em­ploy­ees to help fast track pro­cess­ing of Farm House­hold Al­lowance claims;

Appointment of a De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices Dairy In­dus­try Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer; and

Redi­rec­tion of two De­part­ment of Hu­man Ser­vices Mo­bile Ser­vice Cen­tres to dairy re­gions

Nearly $60 mil­lion has so far been ap­proved to more than 100 farms across Aus­tralia.

More in­for­ma­tion on the con­ces­sional loans can be found at www.agri­cul­ture.gov.au/ loans

YoKon­nect op­er­a­tor Jes­sica Twigg.

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