Call to gov­ern­ment, as dry con­di­tions worsen

Euroa Gazette - - AGRICULTURAL NEWS -

re­lief mea­sures it an­nounced in Septem­ber.

“We are also call­ing on the State Gov­ern­ment to en­sure fund­ing of­fered for th­ese grants is adequate to al­low farm­ers to in­vest in mean­ing­ful projects to pro­vide re­lief from drought,” Mr Jochinke said.

“We also want the State Gov­ern­ment to lis­ten to our ear­lier calls to help with re­lief from fixed costs, such as the rapidly grow­ing coun­cil rates bur­den.

“A farmer’s an­nual in­come con­tin­ues to evap­o­rate dur­ing drought, yet they still face th­ese ex­tremely high fixed costs such as coun­cil rates.”

Mr Maw­son em­pha­sised that when farm­ers have tough times, it’s not only them and their fam­i­lies that suf­fer, but it’s the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as well.

“The farmer is amaz­ing, he gets a dol­lar he spends a dol­lar he puts in back into his farm which is in turn put back into the com­mu­nity,” Mr Maw­son said.

“Our area, still for the next two or three week would love rain.”

Mr Jochinke also said is all well and good to pro­mote drought pre­pared­ness as those con­di­tions ap­proach, but with drought hav­ing well and truly ar­rived, we need fur­ther ac­tion.

“It is time for the State Gov­ern­ment to move to the next stage and broaden drought re­lief mea­sures to help farm­ers,” he said.

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