More Than 1,200 Tonnes Of Fodder Donated To Flood-Affected Farmers

More Than 1,200 Tonnes Of Fodder Donated To Flood-Affected Farmers

Victoria Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh

Generous Producers Rally For Flood-Affected Farmers

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh today praised the generosity of Rural Communities that donated more than 1,200 tonnes of fodder to flood-affected farmers.

More than 100 livestock producers in flood-affected Victoria have used fodder from temporary depots established at Kamarooka, Pyramid Hill, Dingee, Kerang, Cohuna, Murrabit, Charlton and Horsham.

Mr. Walsh this week approved additional funding to continue the emergency fodder depot at Cohuna.

“Although the flood waters from the mid-January rains have passed most areas, there are still a significant number of farms in low-lying areas in the Gannawarra Region which have need of emergency assistance.” Mr. Walsh said.

“I want to thank producers from across Victoria for their generosity during these floods. Their donations kept stranded livestock alive immediately following the January floods.”

“I also wish to recognise the contribution of the Bendigo Stock Agents Association (BSAA) which was quick to step in and take on the vital role of co-ordinating the emergency fodder depots.”

“It is both inspiring and humbling to see rural communities rally around their neighbours in times of need.” Mr. Walsh said.

BSAA President Richard Leitch said no matter what adversity confronted food and fibre producers, people would step up and work together to overcome it.

“I was pleased to be able to help the industry that has helped me for more than 40 years.” Mr. Leitch said.

Department of Primary Industries Natural Disaster and Emergencies Manager Banjo Patterson said the emergency fodder had provided livestock owners with time to assess their individual situations so they could make informed business decisions.

“Most landholders are now in a position where they can decide whether they destock, agist their animals or buy in fodder.” Mr. Patterson said.

Other emergency fodder depots in North Central and Western Victoria are expected to close tomorrow.