The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a cash injection to farmers in Northern Victoria who have been hit hardest by drought and dry conditions.
Labor Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today announced an additional $13 million to help ease the financial burden of the unprecedented conditions.
The relief package is in addition to the $29.69 million announced late last year for farmers and communities in Central and East Gippsland and in Northern and North West Victoria.
Northern and North West Victoria are experiencing ongoing dry seasonal conditions following significantly below average rainfall throughout 2018, with dairy farmers particularly impacted by high temporary water and feed prices.
The Labor Government will provide payments of up to $2,500 to dairy farmers in Northern Victoria who receive the Farm Household Allowance, to provide immediate support that will help them ease cost-of-living pressures.
An additional $1 million will be provided for a Drought Hardship Fund, which will provide additional payments to farmers who are struggling but don’t qualify for a Drought Hardship Support Payment.
The Labor Government will also provide $5 million to extend the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Grants program.
This program has already provided almost 2,500 farmers across Gippsland and Northern Victoria with grants of up to $5000 for on-farm infrastructure to improve drought preparedness and management.
To help save farmers time and stress, an additional $1 million will be provided across the state to improve water supply access for stock and domestic water users, making it easier for farmers who are currently water carting.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Keeping young farmers on the land is vital for the future of agriculture in Victoria – that’s why we’re giving immediate relief to support them through dry conditions.”
“We’re supporting farming families in Northern Victoria through drought, giving them the help they need to get through these tough conditions.”