Drought support now available

The Victorian Government has opened applications for drought support


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DROUGHT HELP: East Gippsland farmers are hand feeding stock, as the drought continues to grip. The State Government says farmers can now apply for further assistance.

DROUGHT HELP: East Gippsland farmers are hand feeding stock, as the drought continues to grip. The State Government says farmers can now apply for further assistance.

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More Victorian Government support for drought affected farmers is now available

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The State Government has announced applications for its $5.6 million in drought support are now open.

Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said farmers could now apply for the Farm Business Assistance Program.

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It provides one-off support payments to eligible farm businesses in Wellington and East Gippsland shires, and eligible dairy farmers in northern and north west Victoria.

"Farmers in east and central Gippsland have been doing it tough with unprecedented drought conditions - that's why the government is delivering a cash injection to farmers who have been hit hardest," Ms Symes said.

"Our almost $43 million Drought Relief Package will go some way to easing the financial burden many are experiencing and we will continue to monitor conditions across the state."

The program is targeted at farm businesses identified as being most at risk and is part of the government's recently announced $12.6 million drought support package.

Eligible farmers are invited to apply for a Farm Business Assistance payment of:

$3500 for Farm Household Allowance recipients in Wellington and East Gippsland shires

$3500 for young farmers in Wellington and East Gippsland shires

$2500 for remaining commercial farms in Wellington and East Gippsland shires

$2500 for Northern Victorian dairy farmers that are Farm Household Allowance recipients and/or young dairy farmers.

Ms Symes said the $1m Farm Support Fund would soon be rolled out in Northern Victoria to those not eligible for the Farm Business Assistance Program.

Other drought and dry conditions support for farmers now available include the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants of up to $5000 and the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme valued at up to $25,000.

For the program guidelines and application form visit ruralfinance.com.au or call Rural Finance on 1800 260 425.

More information about support for farmers is available from Agriculture Victoria's Customer Service Centre on 136 186 or at agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons.

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