Water

Can you sell water now to aid farmers?

By Country News

Those thinking about assisting struggling dairy farmers by selling water for a discounted price are urged to take action sooner rather than later.

Kyabram’s Chris Hunter is on the lookout for farmers with excess water, who will sell it for $200/Ml.

He said farmers would need it now as they prepared to set up their future crops.

‘‘Time is drawing near that farmers need it because they want to irrigate their pastures,’’ he said.

‘‘If people are thinking about it now, it is time to act as farmers are currently looking for it to set up their autumn and spring feed.

‘‘It’s absolutely beneficial that they can irrigate ...

‘‘There is significant returns for pastures by irrigating rather than waiting for the rain to come.’’

Since the article in the March 12 edition of Country News, Mr Hunter has only received one expression of interest but has lobbied the Victorian Government to help out.

‘‘I’ve been in contact with the Victorian Government to see whether they will release a small amount of water to go to the pool,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m not giving up.’’

Mr Hunter attended the drought summit on March 19 and said it indicated the pain that was being felt across the region.

■To help out, phone Chris Hunter on 0409 670 673.