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Victoria’s farmers are stressed by the threat of flooding


Fonterra Australia, a major dairy processor, said the situation in northern Victoria was challenging. “We are working with the wider industry to get tankers off as many access roads as possible and offload as much milk as possible,” a Fonterra spokeswoman said.

“Milk harvests in western Victoria have not yet been affected, although the next 24 hours are a watch day due to rising waterways.”

Fonterra has told farmers they will continue to be paid for milk that cannot be collected due to access problems due to flooding

While the state’s worst flooding has hit northern Victoria, grain growers in other regions are also experiencing significant water levels that threaten this year’s grain crop.

Andrew Weidemann, Wimmera grain grower and Grain Producers Australia southern region president, said crop losses were inevitable.

“But at this point it’s very difficult to estimate how much or how little it might be,” he said.

“We’re all a bit worried about the forecast for the coming week, and how much more [water] that can bring.”

The Victorian Farmers’ Federation has called on the Andrews Government to declare a disaster for flood-affected areas of the state.

“These floods are already worse than what we saw in 2011, and the state has to declare a disaster before the federal government’s disaster relief funding kicks in,” Germano said.

“We need to make sure that people in the regions and on the farms know that there will be support.”


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