AUSTRALIA - An $11.4 million support package has been made available for dairy farmers in the Australian state of Victoria.
The help comes after the major milk processors cut prices paid to suppliers due to the global dairy price crisis.
The fund includes a large amount of money from the Victorian government, as well as a $5.2 million industry contribution, comprising $1.4 million from the Gardiner Foundation, $2.8 million from Dairy Australia and up to $1 million from milk processor Murray Goulburn.
Support measures will include business support, financial counselling and support workers at United Dairy Farmers of Victoria (UDV).
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said: “We’re putting dairy farmers and their families first by providing them with the support they need to look after themselves – and each other.
“The Labor Government stands behind our rural communities, and we won’t let any farmer or community member go it alone.”
State Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said: “We know that this is a tough time for Victorian dairy farmers, and now more than ever it’s crucial that the industry comes together.
“With this assistance package we are ensuring that dairy farmers have access to needed support, be it financial counselling or on farm business support to make sure they can make the best decisions for their farm.”
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