In the past, the Australian Government has pledged to help farmers and cattle ranchers with financial aid.
Now, they’re going to have to get on with it.
Key points:The Australian Government says it’s grateful to the people of Australia for giving them the supportThey’ve been given a $US40 million cash infusion to help improve their food securityThe Government is also helping the families of ranchers who lost their land or cattle to bushfiresThe Government says the program is designed to help Australian farmers and ranches better understand the economic impact of bushfires and improve their financial well-being.
It’s a welcome relief from the past when, in response to fires, governments and the private sector simply turned a blind eye to the damage.
But the Australian government says it is giving the program a boost by giving farmers and ranchers the resources they need to help them deal with the economic fallout of bushfire.
The program, which is the first of its kind in the world, was announced by the Federal Government on Wednesday, giving $US80 million to support Australian farmers in their efforts to recover from bushfire-related damage.
Ranchers and farmers are already on the front line of the fire season, as temperatures soar and farmers must adapt to the scorching conditions.
“This program will help them to better understand what they are going through,” Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Wednesday.
“If they can get a little bit of information on the impact of the fires, they will be better able to prepare their own business and take the steps necessary to better manage their businesses.”
The Government has also provided the first instalment of the $US10 million in cash to help ranchers and agricultural students prepare for bushfires.
“What we’re trying to do is get a lot of the people that we’ve been doing a lot to the point where they are ready to go out and do the job of saving lives,” Agriculture and Resources Minister Anthony Roberts said.
“So we are really hoping that by the end of the year, they’ll be able to go back to school and get back to doing the job that we did.”
The Australian Rural Food and Rural Enterprise (ARMEE) is the government agency that runs the program, and has already received $US30 million.
It is the only one of its type in the World.
It is administered by the Agriculture Department, with assistance from the Australian Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Food Programme and the Commonwealth of Australia.
It was created in the late 1980s and the Australian Rural Industry and Agriculture Council (ARMICAC) is responsible for overseeing the program.
The Australian Ranchers Association said the program would give Australian ranchers a much-needed boost in their financial and physical resilience, and help them “learn from their mistakes”.
“We have been working with the Government to make sure that they get the assistance they need,” the association’s chief executive officer Greg Hunt said.
Mr Hunt said the Government had a lot more work to do in the future.
“We are very grateful for the support we’ve received from the Government in providing this program.
They’ve done it in a way that is a very timely way,” he said.
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