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30 June 2006
Four rural support facilitators, to assist farmers coping with the
after-effects of the 12 June snow, will be appointed by the end of the week.
MAF Policy South Island team leader John Greer said the appointments follow
Monday's announcement by Minister of Agriculture Jim Anderton of government
support for snow stricken communities.
"Ashburton, Timaru, Fairlie and Waimate will each have one person responsible
for co-ordinating assistance to farmers and households. They will be based in
Federated Farmers' offices in Ashburton and Timaru and Mackenzie District
Council and Waimate District Council offices in Fairlie and Waimate. We expect
these positions will remain until at least the end of July.
"The people appointed will be responsible for ensuring that every farm and
household requiring help in that particular district will receive it. We will
shortly be calling for volunteers to assist. The first priority is to ensure any
farmers in difficulty are able to make good operational decisions, therefore
ensuring there are no animal welfare issues later in the winter," he said.
Volunteers will ideally have a farming background, or at least be familiar
with rural issues, he said.
"At this stage we are not sure how many volunteers will be needed, but once
we have the co-ordinators in place, we will be calling for people able to make
contact with those farmers and rural families that may be struggling, either in
the home or on the farm.
"We need to make sure that where help is needed, it will be provided.
"This is an extreme event. As a result of the snow, many farmers are
confronting significant problems carrying out routine activities. We are
co-ordinating support to ensure that everyone will receive whatever help they
"As well as farming or business decisions, where needed, assistance on family
welfare issues will be identified, co-ordinated and provided," he said.
Anyone who requires assistance should contact their local Civil Defence
office in the first instance.
Further information: John Greer - 03 358 1864/0274 327 692
Further Government Action in Snow-hit Canterbury
(Beehive Press Release dated 10.07.06)