MP calls on Govt to react
ALTHOUGH rain is the only real thing that will offer relief to Granite Belt farmers struggling with the drought, there is hope some of the $34.6 million in Queensland State Budget funding this week will be allocated to covering fodder freight costs.
Member for Southern Downs James Lister said subsidising freighting in feed and freighting out stock was a good place to start.
He would also like to see low-interest loans made available and direct support for local businesses.
“It’s not just the farmers that hurt. If they stop producing because of the drought they’re not spending in the local businesses, they’re not spending on machinery,” he said.
Mr Lister said he was hopeful the government would recognise producers in the region are badly affected.
“There’s plenty of farmers there that have a shed full of fodder crops that they can’t plant,” he said.
Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said much of the state remained in desperate need of help and the Government would continue existing drought relief arrangements.