Help now avail­able for dairy farm­ers

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

DROUGHT-af­fected dairy farm­ers can now ap­ply for a grant from the Coles Dairy Drought Re­lief Fund.

Coles and its cus­tomers have al­ready com­mit­ted over $12 mil­lion to drought re­lief, in­clud­ing $5 mil­lion from the Coles Nur­ture Fund.

To fur­ther sup­port farm­ers, Coles an­nounced it would in­crease the price of its 3L Own Brand milk by 30 cents un­til the end of the year.

Funds can be used for fi­nan­cial sup­port to as­sist with feed, wa­ter and other farm im­prove­ments or rel­e­vant sup­port ser­vices, in­clud­ing house­hold ex­penses.

Coles Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Greg Davis en­cour­aged farm­ers to ap­ply.

“Af­ter con­sult­ing with the Na­tional Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion and other in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, it was de­cided that a fair, ef­fi­cient and di­rect way for us to dis­trib­ute money to dairy farm­ers af­fected by drought was to set up the Coles Dairy Drought Re­lief Fund,” he said.

“We en­cour­age dairy farm­ers to ap­ply be­fore Novem­ber 30.”

An ap­pli­ca­tion form is avail­able on the Coles web­site.

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