Pledge to farmers: drought aid on its way

The PM has plegded more assistance for drought-hit farms. (Photo: Pixabay)

Drought-stricken farmers have been promised there is “more to come” in federal assistance after Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised it was not a “set and forget” issue.

Appearing on 3AW with Neil Mitchell on Friday, Mr Morrison was confronted with a plea for action from Judy Collingburn from Northern Victoria’s Sunraysia Drought Relief.

“I can stress on that too, there is more to come,” Mr Morrison said.

“It’s not set and forget, there will be more assistance and more to come on that soon.”

The Federal Government has a three-part response in place to help those affected.

The response includes direct financial assistance, a program to keep local economies moving and rebate assistance for farmers.

Mr Morrison said there were 21 projects nationally to help those areas affected by the drought.

“We can offer the support we have been delivering and we are increasing it,” Mr Morrison said.

“Not including the future drought fund, there is around $2.5 billion dollars of support. If you’re on the farm household allowance, which we have eased up, that will over a four-year period get you $125,000 per farming family.”

For more information on drought and rural aid  click here.

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