| May 25, 2016
Coalition delivers support for Murray dairy farmers
25 May 2016
Damian Drum, The Nationals candidate for Murray, has welcomed additional support from the Coalition Government for Australian dairy farmers affected by retrospective price cuts by processors Murray-Goulburn and Fonterra.
“I was pleased when the Deputy Prime Minister accepted my invitation and came to Shepparton last week and met with dairy farmers and industry leaders,” Mr Drum said.
“Dairy farmers and their families need real help, and they need it now.”
Immediately available would be $55 million in Dairy Recovery Concessional Loans for Murray-Goulburn and Fonterra suppliers this year, with access to $500 million to be available over 2016-17 and 2017-18.
Victoria would benefit from a share in $900,000 to fund nine Rural Financial counsellors in the nation’s dairy regions, as well as $900,000 to Dairy Australia to continue to roll out one-to-one business advisory support via the Tactics for Tight Times programme.
“I encourage dairy farmers not to hesitate and get any help they need. Whether it be financial counselling, emotional help or direct support from family and friends,” Mr Drum said.
“The Farm Household Allowance can provide direct cash of up to $1,000 per fortnight and dairy farmers can access this direct assistance for up to three years.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce said the Coalition would deliver immediate assistance to dairy farmers in hardship to help them manage through these difficult times and return to profitability.
“I was pleased to meet dairy farmers in Victoria last week and the Coalition wants to send a clear message that the Coalition stands shoulder to shoulder with them,” Mr Joyce said.
Dairy farmers in the Murray electorate are part of Australia’s largest dairy region, which contributed about 25 per cent of national milk output in 2013-14.