Drought assistance: Farmers offered loans to keep livestock alive

RAVAGED BY DROUGHT: Barren land near White Cliffs reveals the seriousness of the drought in Far West NSW. Photo: CARON CHESTER
RAVAGED BY DROUGHT: Barren land near White Cliffs reveals the seriousness of the drought in Far West NSW. Photo: CARON CHESTER

Sky-watching farmers in the Central West are being offered help in keeping their livestock alive as drought consumes their properties.

The state government is offering them low-interest loans to help pay for the movement of fodder, water and stock.

The NSW Drought Transport Fund offers up to $20,000 in low-interest loans, with a two-year interest and repayment-free period.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said many local farmers were doing it tough.

“On my recent travels throughout the electorate, I have seen first-hand the impacts that the dry conditions are having on our farmers and their families,” Mr Toole said.

“The costs of transporting fodder, water, or to move stock is crippling our farmers, as more than a quarter of the state is struggling with drought or conditions approaching it, with the Central West one of the hardest hit areas.”

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said one-third of the state was “struggling with drought or conditions approaching drought”.