Australia Federal government announces drought aid

03:06  05 august  2018
03:06  05 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

Drought-hit farmers urged to apply for government assistance payment

  Drought-hit farmers urged to apply for government assistance payment Drought has ravaged large swathes of Queensland and New South Wales for years, but about half the farmers eligible for an assistance payment have not applied for it, with many citing bureaucratic red tape.

The federal government will announce a 0 million drought assistance package to help farmers affected by Drought support announced for struggling farmers. 8:25am Aug 5, 2018.

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Farmers will receive immediate additional financial support to help them and their communities fight one of the worst droughts of the past century.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will return to a farm in Trangie in central NSW on Sunday to announce the $190 million new package that will also provide mental health services.

"We can't make it rain. But we can ensure that farming families and their communities get all the support they need to get through the drought, recover and get back on their feet," the government said in a statement.

NSW Government announces extra $500m in drought assistance for struggling farmers

  NSW Government announces extra $500m in drought assistance for struggling farmers <p>The New South Wales Government has announced an additional $500 million in emergency funding to help drought-affected farmers.</p>The Emergency Relief Package includes $190 million for the introduction of transport subsidies of up to $20,000 to help cover the cost of transporting fodder and water.

Pressure for action intensified last week as the department of agriculture warned food prices may be set to soar worldwide.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — President Obama kicked off a three-day bus tour across Iowa on Monday by announcing that the federal government would buy up to 0 million worth of meat and poultry to aid farmers and ranchers struggling with a devastating drought this summer.

The government had already extended the Farm Household Allowance scheme from three to four years, effective from 1 August.

a truck driving down a dirt road: Farmers say the drought has become © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Farmers say the drought has become That scheme will now provide two lump sum supplementary payments worth up to $12,000 for eligible households, Mr Turnbull has announced.

The government is also changing the assets test to allow thousands more farmers to access support in "recognition of the severity of this drought."

The new package follows a "listening tour" Mr Turnbull made in June where he visited the Miles' family farm.

The government says Sunday's announcement is just one phase its "continuing and enduring response to the drought."

Further longer-term measures to improve the resilience of rural communities to handle drought conditions are being developed across government.

Another phase will be announced in coming weeks.

Labor wants faster drought aid for farmers .
Labor leader Bill Shorten has called on the government to speed up the rollout of a drought assistance package for farmers.Labor has called on the federal government to deliver its cash support payments to drought-stricken farmers faster.

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