Organising your farm for drought and dry seasonal conditions (Northern and North West Victoria)
9 May 2019
Northern and North West Victorian farmers impacted by dry conditions are reminded there are grants and programs available to help manage farm businesses now and into the future.
Bianca Stapleton, Northern Dry Seasonal Conditions Coordinator, said the Victorian Government has so far provided almost $45 million to assist farmers and farming communities across North and North West Victoria, as well as East and Central Gippsland.
“There are a number of grants available to assist farmers manage current conditions and prepare their farm and business for a positive future.
“If you are thinking about applying for any of the assistance available I strongly encourage you to do so now, you may be eligible for more than you think.”
The Farm Business Assistance program will provide a one-off $2,500 support payment to dairy Farm Household Allowance recipients and young dairy farmers in eligible shires in Northern and North-West Victoria.
Ms Stapleton said across Northern and North West Victoria there are a number of other programs available including the On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grants Program and the On-Farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.
Ms Stapleton said there are a range of infrastructure improvements being supported by the $5,000 On-Farm Drought Infrastructure Support Grant Program including stock containment areas and water reticulation systems and equipment.
“We have also had positive feedback from many farmers who have attended our technical decision-making workshops delivered across the state – with more happening as we speak.”
The grants and Farm Business Assistance programs are being administrated by Rural Finance. Contact them on 1800 260 425 or visit www.ruralfinance.com.au.
For the latest information about other assistance available including technical decision-making workshops in your area, visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons.
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