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Drought assistance package for farmers

drought assistance package for farmers

The State government is doubling the amount of financial support on offer for drought-affected communities across the state.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and her deputy John Barilaro have announced a $284 million boost to its relief package for farmers.

Most of the extra money will go towards the farm-innovation fund to help farmers build on-farm infrastructure and prepare for drought.

The program will be expanded to allow them to access $50,000 seven-year interest-free loans to buy feed, install key water infrastructure, as well as collect and store genetics of their herd or flock.

It will also include more than $4 million for mental health support and counselling for farming communities.