NEW South Wales Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson has reminded North Coast farmers about the range of support available to help manage livestock and recover from flooding.
Ms Hodgkinson said natural disaster declarations were announced for 10 affected local government areas from Tweed to Nambucca, triggering assistance such as low interest loans for eligible flood-affected primary producers and small businesses.
"Livestock producers may be eligible for transport subsidies of up to 50% where one-third or more of their property has been affected by the flooding," she said.
"The Department of Primary Industries and Livestock Health & Pest Authorities play a critical role in helping farmers manage their properties and livestock after emergency events such as floods.
"DPI Liaison Officers are working with State Emergency Service regional operations centres at Grafton and Goonellabah to coordinate emergency fodder and animal welfare assistance, and a DPI rural support worker in Grafton is also helping to connect flood affected farmers with assistance.
"Across the North Coast, farms on the lower floodplains have been inundated with sugar cane, soybeans and grazing enterprises seriously affected. Young crops and pastures will be at further risk if they are submerged for any period of time - especially if the hot weather returns.
"Maintaining feed and stock health are key issues for livestock producers.
"Wind damage has reportedly been significant in horticultural crops such as macadamias, bananas, avocadoes, stonefruit and blueberries."
Ms Hodgkinson said information and application forms can be obtained from the Rural Assistance Authority via www.raa.nsw.gov.au or by phoning toll free on 1800 678 593.
Anyone needing help from the SES should contact their local unit on 132 500.
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