Farmers encouraged to apply for drought assistance

Farmers encouraged to apply for drought assistance

Drought affected farmers are being urged to apply for assistance, under the government’s new relief plan that began this week.

The Department of Human Services says farmers should apply for the Interim Farm Household Allowance, even if they’re unsure that they will qualify.

Project officer with the Department, David Green, says that qualifiers can claim up to $900 a fortnight, and farmers are discouraged from self assessing their circumstances.

Mr Green says it is always best for those affected to lodge a claim, and allow the Department to work out if they are eligible.

The start date of the allowance has been brought forward to March 3rd, and replaces the Transitional Farm Family Payment.

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