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Helping Drought Affected Farmers Manage Their Risk

30 June 2016

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting farmers to future proof against the impacts of drought with grants available from 1 July to help with business planning, training and on-farm preparedness.

$1.5 million is being made available for the Farm Risk Management Grants program, part of the Labor Government’s $10 million drought community support package announced in March this year.

Eligible farm businesses will be able to receive up to $10,000 each for a combination of activities to improve risk management and better prepare for drought.

Eligible farm businesses located in the local government areas of Buloke, Yarriambiack, Loddon, Northern Grampians, Horsham, Hindmarsh, Gannawarra, Pyrenees, Central Goldfields, West Wimmera and Ararat are encouraged to apply.

Applications will close 30 June 2017, or when funds are fully expended.

The Program is being delivered by Rural Finance. To check eligibility, apply or find out more contact Rural Finance on 1800 260 425 or visit www.ruralfinance.com.au/Industry-programsExternal Link

Seasonal workshops and planning activities continue to run across the state to help producers make decisions based on their situation, farmers are encouraged to visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.auExternal Link to see what is on in their area.

Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Agriculture Jacinta Allan

“The Andrews Labor Government is backing our farmers to bounce back from the impacts of drought. We know that unfortunately this won’t be the last drought and we must build resilience to help those on the land as they face future challenges.”

“The recent rains have offered a sigh of relief and they do point to a more positive upcoming season, however until the cheques are in the bank, many of our farmers are still doing it tough.”

“Farmers and regional communities called for support in proofing long term against drought and these grants help put the focus firmly on the future.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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