Struggling ACT farmers need ‘immediate’ support

 

DROUGHT assistance should be provided to struggling Canberra farmers immediately, says Shadow Minister for Business Andrew Wall.

Following NSW Government’s decision to grant farmers with subsidies to help manage the high cost of transporting fodder and water, Mr Wall says the ACT government should match the level of support on offer in NSW.

“Farms across NSW are being devastated by one of the worst droughts in decades,” he says.

“ACT farmers continue to be impacted by the same conditions, with many farming families in the ACT fighting to keep their livestock alive.

“Feed levels in paddocks across the territory are critically low and many ACT farmers have already had to freight feed in from as far as South Australia to maintain their livestock at great expense.

“The lack of adequate autumn and winter rainfall now means spring growth is unlikely

“Canberra farmers need an assistance package from the government immediately.

“While the ACT has fewer farms and farming families than NSW. The Canberra Liberals believe that a farmer this side of the NSW border should receive the same assistance as is on offer in NSW. The ACT government needs to do everything it can to help our farmers see this difficult period through.”

 

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