Help is available during trying conditions for farmers

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

The federal government has announced a $190 million package to provide drought affected farming families with immediate financial support.

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the $190 million package of immediate relief, which included support for mental health services, would be welcomed by farming families who were doing it tough.

“We’re in this for the long haul and we will stand with our farmers every step of the way,” Mr Pasin said.

Mr Pasin said it’s also important that Barker’s primary producers remember that the FHA is not only for those experiencing drought. 

“Any primary producer doing it tough can apply. For example many in the pork and dairy industries are experiencing tough market conditions.”

GrainGrowers chief executive officer David McKeon encouraged growers to check their eligibility for FHA.

“It is important that farmers don’t self assess. Many farmers don’t think they will qualify for this assistance, when in fact they might,” Mr McKeon said.

Opposition leader Peter Malinauskas will meet with farmers affected by dry-conditions.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is taking a back-seat approach to supporting South Australian farmers dealing with dry conditions,” he said.

“I will be visiting Cowell this Sunday to meet with local farmers on...how they are being affected by the dry conditions.”

In June the state government introduced the Farm Debt Mediation Bill, which Minister for primary industries and regional development Tim Whetstone said would enforce a mandatory mediation process before a farming operation can be foreclosed on. 

To help out, pop past Bunnings this Friday (August 10) and pick up a sausage sizzle or donate in store at your local Woolworths. For more information visit www.buyabale.com.au.

  • Contact Rural Business Support to receive financial counselling. Contact: 1800 836 211.