AS the drought deepens across New South Wales, NSW Farmers is calling on the Federal Government to urgently take action.
Research by NSW Farmers revealed that some areas in NSW had not seen effective rain for more than two years and while farmers were well prepared, some had distributed their last fodder and were down to core breeding stock.
NSW Farmers President Fiona Simson said: “Supporting farmers at this time is providing an investment in rural communities and farming businesses for the future.”
“Comments this week by the Prime Minister about bringing a drought package forward are encouraging and indicate the Federal Coalition is willing to look at what needs to be done now,” she said.
“But the package set to be introduced in July was developed as part of a preparedness package and is not designed to support farmers in their current situation.
“We need to look at measures that will help farmers here and now. If we don't we put at risk farm businesses, families and rural communities which in the longer term impact beyond the individual to the Australian economy.”
Ms Simson said that just like the millennium drought, government and industry needed to work together to develop measures that were effective and beneficial in the long term.
“Our farmers are some of the most competitive and efficient in the world and providing bridging support in these extreme conditions complements our long term viable industry,” she said
“Farmers in NSW have been proactive, they have been prepared for this drought but they need short term investment from the government to help them through this crisis until the drought breaks and food and fibre production returns to normal.”
A 'WEATHERING the drought together' seminar will be held tomorrow (Thursday) at Wingham Golf Club from10.45am to 1pm
Special guest speakers include Elders, Rural Financial Counselling and Rural Mental Health representatives. Book for catering purposes, call Natasha Yarrington, Youth Dairy Connection on 0400 136 229.