The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to do more to assist local dairy farmers.
Speaking during a recent adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell asked the Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes to help the struggling industry by providing funds to subsidise the cost of feed for dairy farmers in Northern Victoria affected by the current drought.
The dairy sector is Victoria’s largest agricultural industry, currently producing 65% of Australia’s annual milk production and exports valued at $1.85 billion annually. However many Northern Victorian dairy farmers are struggling under the financial strain of inflated water and feed costs.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell highlighted these factors currently affecting Victorian dairy farmers, caused by the sustained lack of rainfall. Victorian farmers are currently paying double the regular price of feed, partly caused by subsidised New South Wales farmers buying up available Victorian feed.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Dairy farmers throughout Northern Victoria are suffering extreme hardship due to the current drought, having just experienced Victoria’s hottest summer on record.
“The lack of rain has created a multitude of issues for our farmers, none more so than the dramatic increases in the cost of water and feed for dairy herds.
“That is why I have called on the Minister to provide immediate funding to subsidise the costs of feed for all Northern Victoria dairy farmers affected by the current drought.”
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