CASH IS BEST AID: FARM­ERS

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FI­NAN­CIAL as­sis­tance is the best way to help farm­ers dur­ing drought, ac­cord­ing to a Grain­Grow­ers’ sur­vey that asked pro­duc­ers to rank the best mea­sures for help.

A record num­ber of pro­duc­ers re­sponded to the sur­vey about drought as­sis­tance mea­sures, with 80% in­di­cat­ing they think drought as­sis­tance should be avail­able to grow­ers in times of drought. Al­most 41% of re­spon­dents ranked fi­nan­cial sup­port and help with day-to-day liv­ing ex­penses as the most use­ful form of drought as­sis­tance.

Low in­ter­est rate loans came a close sec­ond (38%).

“We’ve had more than 800 people com­plete the sur­vey. That’s the high­est num­ber of re­sponses we’ve ever had,” man­ager of gen­eral in­ter­ests Michael Southan said.

“We’ll be us­ing these sur­vey re­sults to voice our mem­bers’ needs and con­cerns.”

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