MP calls on SA Government to help crippled farmers

Parched country: State Opposition Primary Industries Spokesman Eddie Hughes is asking the government to help those farmers in crisis.
Parched country: State Opposition Primary Industries Spokesman Eddie Hughes is asking the government to help those farmers in crisis.

Embattled South Australian farmers are being ignored by the State and Federal governments, according to Opposition Primary Industries Spokesman Eddie Hughes.

Mr Hughes is calling on the State Government to provide support after South Australian primary producers were not included in the federal drought funding of $75 million like their Queensland and New South Wales counterparts.

He said State Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone should petition the government for use of its $150 million Regional Growth Fund to help farmers who have been hit by crippling weather conditions.

“Mr Whetstone must fight harder for South Australia and urgently get funding from the Federal Government,” Mr Hughes said.

“He must also explain why he won’t redirect funding from the Regional Growth Fund to farmers and drought affected communities in South Australia who are in crisis.

“...And with $150 million sitting in the fund, I am sure many farmers would agree it should be used to help them.

“It’s not enough for Mr Whetstone to write letters and set up working groups. “Farmers need support now.”