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Christmas boost to drought relief

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A ‘Christmas boost’ has been provided to the NSW Government’s Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy, to ensure farmers can continue to access support to transport fodder, stock and other farm inputs for the next month.

As the drought continues to tighten its stranglehold on the state, Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has increased the subsidy cap to $50,000 per eligible primary producer this financial year.

‘‘The increase in the cap will give many farmers, who were approaching the threshold, some much-needed breathing space.

‘‘This is an immediate injection to increase the scale of the subsidy and the government will be reviewing the cap again early in the New Year and if we need to lift it again then we will.

‘‘Since 2018, more than 14,500 applications have been approved, paying out more than $120 million.’’

The Emergency Drought Transport Subsidy provides drought affected farmers in NSW with subsidies for the transport of fodder, water and stock and other farm inputs, like chemical or seed.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria and how to apply, visit here or phone the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.