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Flood-hit farmers in the Bay of Plenty region will now have an opportunity to apply for a grant to help with clean up and recovery.

The $100,000 Primary Industries Flood Recovery Fund will be part of a package of additional support totalling $295,000 for farms and orchards who suffered damage following the floods.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy says the government is committed to ensuring communities in the Bay of Plenty have the support they need to recover from the April floods.

“The first Bay of Plenty Primary Industries Flood Recovery Fund was on a first-come first-served basis and all grants were allocated after just a couple of weeks. Farmers who missed out on the first round of funding can now apply for grants of $2000, $5000, or $10,000.

“This support is in addition to the $1 million funding provided to enable Enhanced Taskforce Green teams to clear debris from towns, rural properties, and parks and reserves.”

He says he has been told by the Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust and agencies that there have been a number of primary producers affected by the floods and they could do with a grant to help them re-establish pastures and crops, and the clean-up of silt and debris.

“I’m also further bolstering the Rural Support Trust who have been working tirelessly with local agri-business and agencies to assist in recovery,” says Nathan.

Funding will also help the rural recovery coordinator continue, and helping relief farm workers.

“Priorities for rural recovery in the region include ongoing psychosocial support, restoration of farm productivity, and building resilience to future events, particularly on flood-prone land.

“Looking to the future is fundamental and the funding also covers extension services to farmers.

“I appreciate the work of the Whakatane District Council who have provided support to administer both rounds of the grants on behalf of the region.” 

Applications for this grant can be made via the Whakatane District Council until September 29, but will be re-assessed depending on the need.

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Posted on 05-08-2017 16:49 | By Capt_Kaveman

alot more when people dont do their jobs and why has no one been sacked over this
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