Cof­fee boost for farm­ers

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

Cof­fee lovers know the dif­fer­ence a good cuppa’ can make so in light of re­cent hard times for dairy farm­ers in the South Waikato Fon­terra came up with a great idea to boost morale.

The dairy gi­ant has been trav­el­ling through­out the area of­fer­ing free cof­fee cart cof­fees to lo­cal farm­ers.

Area man­ager Vicki Wallace said after two chal­leng­ing sea­sons and the added stress of an ex­tremely wet win­ter, Fon­terra knew it had to do some­thing to bring every­one to­gether.

‘‘We came up with an ini­tia­tive to pro­vide an ex­cuse to get our farm­ers off the farm for an en­ergy boost of­fer­ing ‘‘Cof­fee to the Farm­ers’’ to show we care and have a gen­eral good old catch up with their neigh­bours, ‘‘she said.

With its third stint Wallace de­cided to visit six ’’handy’’ lo­ca­tions around the Man­gakino, Marotiri, and Tiro­honga ar­eas.

‘‘Farm­ers are ex­tremely busy at this time of the year so we lo­cated each stop within a few min­utes’ drive for each farmer so they could pop down and have a chat and cof­fee on us, ‘‘she said.

‘‘We have a very strong co-op’ spirit and be­ing able to pro­vide our Fon­terra farm­ers with a nice hot bev­er­age and a chat is putting our val­ues into ac­tion.’’

‘‘We just love get­ting out there and show­ing we care for our co­op­er­a­tive.’’

She thanked those who helped.

‘‘Be­ing able to pro­vide our Fon­terra farm­ers with a nice hot bev­er­age and a chat is putting our val­ues into ac­tion.’’

Farm­ers and Fon­terra rep­re­sen­ta­tives gather on a farm in Whaka­maru to en­joy a free cof­fee to help boost mo­rales amid try­ing times for the in­dus­try.

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