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.
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 according to North West Dry Seasonal Conditions coordinator Rob O’Shannessy.
“There are a number of grants available to assist farmers manage current conditions and prepare their farm and business for a positive future,” Mr O’Shannessy said.
“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 Support Fund will provide a one-off $2,500 support payment to non-dairy Farm Household Allowance recipients in eligible shires in Northern and North-West Victoria.
Mr O’Shannessy 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. He added 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 Support Fund programs are being administrated by Rural Finance who can be contacted through 1800 260 425 or by visiting ruralfinance.com.au
For the latest information about other assistance available including technical decision-making workshops in your area, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons