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Prime Minister confirms food prices are rising amid flooding in Victoria

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Victoria Farmers Federation president Emma Germano said some heavy harvesters would be unable to access farms as a result of the flooding. Photo by Nicole Cleary

Premier Anthony Albanese and Treasurer Jim Chalmers have confirmed food prices will rise as a result of Victoria’s flooding crisis, with large crops feared destroyed in recent days.

The prime minister, who visited flood-hit regions at the weekend, told ABC Melbourne on Monday that “prices will be higher as a result of the flooding”.

“Unfortunately, we expected such a good crop,” said Mr Albanese, who is traveling to the NSW town of Forbes.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews fly over the flood-hit Victorian city of Rochester.  Photo: NCA NewsWire
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews fly over the flood-hit Victorian city of Rochester. Photo: NCA NewsWire

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“There is no doubt that it will have an inflationary impact,” Mr Albanese said, adding that it would also have budgetary implications.

Mr Albanese said he flew over the Victorian city of Rochester with Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday, which he said was still “largely under water”.

He said 100 Australian Defense Force troops were on the ground in flood-affected areas assisting with sand removal, evacuation and clean-up.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Australians should brace for higher prices as a result of flooding in Victoria.  Photo: Facebook
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Australians should brace for higher prices as a result of flooding in Victoria. Photo: Facebook

Mr Albanese’s comments came as Treasurer Jim Chalmers addressed the media in Canberra on Monday. Australians need to “prepare” for the cost of living implications.

The treasurer said “some of the best growing and producing areas in the country” were “severely affected”.

Mr Chalmers said the flooding was “likely to lead to an increase in the cost of living” at a time when Australians were “already under the pump”.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the flood crisis in Victoria and the impact on farmers would have ramifications for the federal budget.  Photo: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the flood crisis in Victoria and the impact on farmers would have ramifications for the federal budget. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage

Also speaking on ABC radio on Monday was Farmers Federation of Victoria president Emma Germano, who confirmed to ABC Melbourne that this year’s crop was looking “like a great crop”.

“A lot of seedlings have been lost and will continue,” Ms Germano said, adding that the loss would put pressure on the supply chain in the coming months, particularly for barley and canola.

But she said if there is good drainage, “some crops will be saved.”

It would be a challenge to get heavy equipment to the site when it was a “soggy mess”, Ms Germano said.

Melbourne

Hugo Timms is a Leader local news reporter covering the courts, local government, development and crime.

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