Call for more drought help

By Country News

The VFF is calling on the Victorian Government to expand drought relief arrangements to help farmers across the state facing drought conditions.

The call comes as conditions become more severe, with the continued onset of dry spring conditions.

Late season frost events and high fodder and water prices have continued to create challenges, with many farmers now taking the tough decision whether to cut their crops for hay or simply not harvest at all.

VFF president David Jochinke said it was time for the Victorian Government to broaden and build on the range of drought relief measures it announced in September.

‘‘In particular we want to see the target area for on-farm Drought Infrastructure Grants expanded beyond east and central Gippsland, to include other regions facing drought conditions, including the northern region, Mallee and Wimmera regions,’’ Mr Jochinke said.

‘‘We are also calling on the state government to ensure funding offered for these grants is adequate to allow farmers to invest in meaningful projects to provide relief from drought.’’