Machinery & Products

Machinery grants to ease drought burden

By Dairy News

Farmers in the north-west Millewa region can now apply for a farm machinery grant to help them maintain on-farm machinery and equipment and prepare for future seasons.

Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes opened applications for the Farm Machinery Improvement Grants Program as part of the Labor Government’s $31.6 m drought assistance package, announced in October.

The program will be delivered by the Victorian Farmers Federation and will provide grants of up to $10 000 to eligible dryland farm businesses in the Millewa and surrounding areas.

Farm owners, operators, sharefarmers or leaseholders can apply for a grant to undertake essential maintenance and repair of machinery including tractors, harvesters, seeders and hay baling equipment — including maintenance and repairs to meet safety standards and repairs to fix or replace broken parts.

VFF president David Jochinke said the funding will assist drought-affected farm businesses to prepare for future seasons.

“The grants will provide much needed assistance for farmers, allowing them to make the necessary preparations for what I hope will be a strong 2020–21 season,” he said.

“Farmers have endured consecutive years of failed seasons, but despite times of hardship, our farmers have been stewards of the land and their animals, maintaining world’s best standards across their farms.

“Although the drought is not over, I hope that when the rain returns, the grants will assist farmers in seeing the reward for their hard work during these trying times.”

For more information about the program and to apply for support, visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/dryseasons or call 136 186.