THE true cost of fires burning throughout NSW will become a reality in the next weeks and months says NSW Farmers president James Jackson.
Mr Jackson has welcomed the government pledge of grants worth $75,000 to primary producers in fire affected areas.
These grants will help that recovery process and kick-start the recovery for many in the south east of the state.James Jackson
"These grants will help that recovery process and kick-start the recovery for many in the south east of the state," he said.
"While we await further details, it is pleasing that any off-farm income up to $100,000 annually will be exempt from eligibility assessment for the grants ... we will work to ensure the delivery of these grants is not held up by red tape and paperwork. "
Mr Jackson said the generosity of Australians in response to the bushfires that have been raging since September last year has been inspiring and overwhelming.
"This support will continue to be valued by primary producers in affected areas. Farmers have lost stock, sheds, fencing, operating plant and many have seen precious hay and feed consumed by the flames."
"Perishable foods, milk and oysters have not made it to market - dairy farmers have discarded milk, oysters have been tainted by a build-up of saline water, grapes have been tainted by smoke, and fruit trees have been burnt."
He also said the commitment to employ an additional 60 Rural Financial Councillors would be appreciated as farmers and their families rebuild their businesses and get back to what they thrive on - growing the highest quality food and fibre that makes Australian product so highly valued by international and domestic consumers."
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