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Peter Walsh MP:
Fodder transport subsidies
New South Wales fodder transport subsidy match in Victoria, wanted.
By Portal Admin - 28th July 2019 - Back to News
The Andrews Labor Government must match a New South Wales fodder transport subsidy thatís making it harder for drought-affected Victorian farmers to source feed.
From July 1, drought-affected farmers in NSW can access up to $40,000 more in subsidies to transport hay and feed, both from NSW and from interstate.
NSWís subsidy is making it even harder for drought-affected Victorian farmers to get fodder when they need it most.
Some will debate the efficacy of subsidies but at a time when fodder is in high demand and supply is dwindling, we canít afford to leave Victorian farmers unfairly disadvantaged.
Laborís Agriculture Ministerís excuse for refusing to act is that Victorian farmers can access up to $3500 in cash grants instead Ė I just donít see how that compares.
While NSW has this subsidy in place, the Andrews Labor Government has no choice but to match it and make sure drought-affected Victorian farmers arenít left behind.
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