Drought suffering farmers get Federal support

Farmers will receive immediate financial support to help them and their communities fight the drought

The Prime Minister today also said climate change is behind the latest environment crisis as he defended the government's $190 million drought relief package. In fact, it discourages them from making the right decisions to achieve resilience.

If it were to rain tomorrow it would still be a year or more before farmers in drought see any income.

"NSW Farmers urges both levels of Government to make sure that local communities also have affordable access to emergency services and local doctors to monitor and address health matters to reduce the potential for these issues to escalate", Mr Jackson said.

The new package will provide an extra $140m (£154m) for lump sum payments to farmers and for mental health support.

Severe droughts are affecting several states across the nation.

Malcolm Turnbull during a tour of drought-stricken towns in regional NSW and Queensland.

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"We are, as we have all said, the land of droughts and flooding rains, but we haven't had a drought this bad for a very, very long time, since the Bureau of Meteorology says 1965", The Australian newspaper quoted Turnbull as saying during a visit to the central western region of New South Wales.

The PM said Australia's global emissions reductions targets will help farmers. "I have been here all my life, and this drought is feeling like it will be around a while", says a despairing Whitney, whose property near the town of Gunnedah is on the Liverpool Plains, a usually fertile area now withered having received the lowest average rainfall in almost 30 years. "When farmers do it well the whole nation benefits, when farmers do it tough, as they are now the whole nation suffers", he said during the press conference.

Derek Schoen, who has a property at Corowa, says farmers aren't at the end of the drought, they're in the middle, with no end in sight.

"The money will help farmers deal with what are challenging times at the moment and help them manage and improve their production systems once we get through this drought".

Under the new arrangements farmers can now receive a fourth year of assistance from the FHA, when previously they could receive three years' of assistance. Yet again, the Prime Minister has disappointed us.

But 19,000 people who are eligible still haven't applied.

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