Victoria Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh
Swift Action For Flood Affected Farmers
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Coalition Government has quickly established a Department of Primary Industries (DPI) flood response centre in Tatura and aims to contact all affected farmers by the end of next week.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said a team of DPI staff was making hundreds of phone calls each day to get detailed damage and loss assessments from farmers.
Mr. Walsh said animal welfare field staff was also working from the centre to deal with urgent animal welfare issues, such as the relocation of livestock to dry ground.
“DPI is identifying affected Victorian farmers through flood mapping and will aim to contact them by phone during the next week.” Mr. Walsh said.
“Anyone DPI cannot get in touch with will be sent a letter asking them to make contact, so no farmer will be missed.”
“However if farmers feel they have been overlooked they are encouraged to contact DPI directly on 136 186.”
“Not only will flood damage and loss be assessed but if the farmer has any agricultural or urgent animal welfare issues or other immediate problems they will be put in touch with the relevant person or agency for assistance.”
Mr. Walsh said the assessment of loss and damage would now play an important role in DPI’s recovery assistance activities at a later stage.
The Victorian Coalition Government is also working with the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) to co-ordinate the delivery of emergency fodder where needed.
“We will meet the cost of transporting donated fodder to affected farms as well as the VFF’s costs in co-ordinating the fodder drive.” Mr. Walsh said.
“Farmers who have been affected by the floods should get in contact with the VFF to register their need for assistance.”
“The VFF is also seeking donations of quality fodder from members located close to flood affected areas.”
Contact the VFF on 1800 882 833 for more information about the emergency fodder program.
Producers in a flood affected area requiring assistance should contact DPI on 136 186.