FarmHub one stop shop for drought assistance


FARMHUB has launched today as a one stop shop for drought-affected farmers to find out what assistance is available in their region.


The online resource can be found at farmhub.org.au and has details on assistance with fodder, water, transport, everyday living expenses and health in the one spot.


Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said FarmHub brought together the services of the Commonwealth, states, councils and charities.


“This will tell farmers what assistance is available for them without any mucking around,” Minister Littleproud said.


“Farmers just need to go to the website and type in their location to find help available.”


FarmHub has been coordinated by the National Farmers’ Federation.


A National Drought Map has also been launched to help coordinate the drought response and so governments, business and communities can make informed decisions.


“The National Drought Map is a clear and precise picture of conditions and the drought response across Australia,” Minister Littleproud said.


“This will help us to be flexible and responsive to the drought when conditions change.


“It has information such as rainfall, soil moisture, available government assistance, numbers of farm businesses, agricultural regions and employment by industries.”


FarmHub and the Drought Map are dynamic sites that will continue to improve over time.


The National Drought Map is available at map.drought.gov.au

© CASSANDRA GLOVER, Rural Weekly