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More farmer help funded

By Country News

Rural financial counselling services have received a boost in the wake of increased demand from drought- and flood-affected farmers.

A further $3.7million in funding will allow services to extend contracts and hire additional staff to meet demand.

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the services had given crucial support to farming families during recent floods and drought.

‘‘Rural financial counsellors are our angels on the ground,’’ Mr Littleproud said.

‘‘One of many things they do is fill out Farm Household Allowance applications for farmers — for free.

‘‘This free service helps farmers cut through red tape and access all the support available to them.

‘‘Since August the RFCS (Rural Financial Counselling Services) hotline has received more than 1300 calls for assistance.’’

■For more information on Rural Financial Counselling Services visit: agriculture.gov.au/rfcs