Time ex­tended on drought al­lowance

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRUIT SAFETY -

THE Farm House­hold Sup­port Amend­ment Bill 2018 has been suc­cess­fully passed in Fed­eral Par­lia­ment.

Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud has wel­comed the pas­sage of the Farm House­hold Al­lowance ex­ten­sion through Par­lia­ment, which will in­crease cu­mu­la­tive pe­riod drought af­fected farm­ers qual­ify for Farm House­hold al­lowance to four years.

The change fol­lows the drought tour with the Prime Min­is­ter a few weeks ago.

“I hope there are farm­ers out there who can sleep a bit bet­ter tonight know­ing this change will soon be re­al­ity,” Min­is­ter Lit­tleproud said.

“Parts of my elec­torate of Mara­noa have been in drought seven years. The Govern­ment can’t make it rain but we can give farm­ers the chance to plan and ad­just, and put food on the ta­ble and diesel in the car.

“I stress again: farm­ers should not self-as­sess whether they’re el­i­gi­ble for FHA – they should go see a ru­ral fi­nan­cial coun­sel­lor. ”

Min­is­ter Lit­tleproud will hold a round­table on drought pol­icy, re­silience and pre­pared­ness in com­ing weeks.

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