Media Release

Help for drought impacted farmers in South Australia

Joint media release

The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP
Minister for Agriculture

Leon Bignell MP
SA Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries


4 July 2014

Government assistance is on its way to drought-affected farmers in South Australia with $10 million in drought concessional loans and funding for farmers who are dealing with feral animals and pests, and an increase of funding for the SA Emergency Water Infrastructure program.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said that the Australian Government will match the South Australian Government’s allocation of $275,000 to help drought-affected farmers in SA’s far north deal with feral pest animals and improve water infrastructure.

"Prolonged dry seasonal conditions in the far north of South Australia are generating hardship for pastoral businesses, small remote communities and land and water resources of the region," Minister Joyce said.

"This money will help farmers invest in new watering points; replace and upgrade polypipe and solar pump systems and clean watering points; and install infrastructure which will help meet emergency animal welfare needs.

"We know that an immediate water supply will enhance the preparedness and resilience of these farms into the future. The new funding will also help manage the impacts that wild dogs have on stock concentrated around fewer watering points."

Minister Joyce said that in addition to the pest and water infrastructure funding announced today, the Commonwealth is also offering $10 million in drought concessional loans for South Australian farmers facing prolonged drought conditions.

"Farm Finance concessional loans are also available in South Australia, with a further $25 million in funding for 2014-15, and applications have been open since 1 July," Minister Joyce said today.

South Australia Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Leon Bignell, said the South Australian Government has also allocated $275,000 for wild dog management and a water infrastructure program as part of its drought funding.

"The funding from the Australian Government is very welcome," he said.

"South Australia's Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) will work closely with Livestock SA, which will deliver the funding to those pastoral businesses in the far north which have experienced hardship as a result of the drought."

Today's announcement follows the Commonwealth and state contribution to similar projects in the drought-affected parts of New South Wales and Queensland.

More information on assistance available to farmers is available at daff.gov.au/assistance.