Cooler Weather and Fodder Scheme Combine to Save Farmers16 January 2013
AUSTRALIA – Cooler weather and the establishment of a fodder donation register by New South Wales Farmers (NSWF) is helping to control the damaging effects of a wild fire spread over parched land.
Already thought to have claimed over 10,000 head of livestock NSWF have placed a fodder aid scheme to help those affected.
Producers in Natural Disaster Declared Areas may be eligible for transport freight subsidies of up to 50 per cent on the carriage of livestock and fodder up to a maximum of $15,000 per annum.
Areas badly affected are Coonabarabran and the Warrumbungle National Park although night time conditions and cooler weather are helping fire fighters control several fronts of the fire, according to ABC Rural.
Recent cooler weather has assisted fire-fighters trying to control the bush fires. NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson has praised volunteers helping on the fire ground and has said farmers across the state are throwing their support behind those affected.
“We have already had calls of support from country NSW offering hay and grain to those left with little or nothing on their properties following the fires."
“In the worst cases properties have been left without a blade of grass to feed livestock – this register is one way of helping farming families recover from this devastating event," Mrs Hodgkinson added.
Additionally the State Government has established the Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA), providing a range of eligible measures designed to help those within disaster affected communities.
The relief package is designed to assist in meeting the needs of Primary Producers whose assets or primary production business has been affected by a disaster for which the WANDRRA have been invoked. No compensation is avialable under this scheme for damage/loss.
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