Help avail­able for farm­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

Pub­lic meet­ings were held last week for flood af­fected farm­ers.

The Rural Sup­port Trust along with DairyNZ, dairy com­pa­nies, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, and other sup­port agen­cies or­gan­ised the meet­ings at Pate­tonga and Spring­dale halls, chaired by Rural Sup­port Trust Waikato chair­man Neil Ba­teup.

‘‘We don’t have all the an­swers, hope­fully through the sup­port agen­cies you will get the an­swers and ad­vice you need,’’ said Ba­teup.

Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers vice pres­i­dent An­drew McGiven said when the go­ing gets tough, the rural com­mu­nity get go­ing.

Sup­port with stock trans­porta­tion and feed from Waikato Fed­er­ated Farm­ers has al­ready been sent to other flood im­pacted ar­eas in­clud­ing Edge­cumbe and Whakatane and farms af­fected by the Kaik­oura Earth­quakes.

‘‘Don’t feel like you have to farm on your own in iso­la­tion,’’ McGiven said.

‘‘We will help in any way we can and point you in the right di­rec­tion. We are in this to­gether.

‘‘De­pres­sion is an ill­ness not a weak­ness. Please keep an eye on your neigh­bours and one an­other.’’

Fed­er­ated Farm­ers’ mem­bers and area chair­men have been fran­ti­cally or­gan­is­ing graz­ing for cows.

A grant of $1000 was also avail­able from Rural Women New Zealand.

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