Scott Morrison releases 100 billion liters of water into the Murray River to help the drought-stricken farmers – but they are not convinced it will work
- The 100 gigaliter of water helps farmers in NSW, Victoria and South Australia
- Up to 6,000 farmers have access to produce 120,000 tons of feed
- Speculation that the plan will give farmers more debt than they already are
Farmers are not convinced that the 100 gigaliter (100 billion liters) of water released into the Murray River will help them alleviate the drought.
The federal government will spend $ 100 million on the initiative that will make the water flow into the Murray River over NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
Up to 6,000 farmers have access to the auxiliary water to produce up to 120,000 tonnes of animal feed.
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The $ 100 million initiative will allow water in the Murray River to flow over NSW, Victoria and South Australia (photo: Barwon River over the Murray Darling)
Scott Morrison (photo) announced that the federal government will help farmers affected by drought
The loan program has raised concerns that the Commonwealth simply pushes struggling farmers deeper into debt.
Pastoralists & Association of West Darling Vice President Lachlan Gall said some farmers would be reluctant to incur more debt.
& # 39; We just don't know how long the drought will last, & # 39; he said.
It would take another nine to 18 months for the cereals to be ready for harvesting when it rains again.
& # 39; If the drought breaks, it rains from the sky, but it doesn't rain in cash. & # 39;
Senior cabinet minister Peter Dutton denied that the government saddled farmers with more debts, and said that each company should be viewed separately.
& # 39; But it does have the potential to help some farmers replenish, to make it through the next phase of drought, or to redefine their farm & # 39 ;, he said to the Nine on Friday Network.
& # 39; I think it gives that flexibility. & # 39;
Pastoralists & Association of West Darling Vice President Lachlan Gall said some farmers would be reluctant to incur more debt (photo: Farmer feeding his sheep)
The market price for water is between $ 700 and $ 1,000 per megalitre, but farmers can buy it for 10 percent of the price for $ 100 per megalitre or less.
In addition, the federal government will give South Australia $ 10 million to use a desalination plant that is expected to produce 100 GL in the next 20 months.
The deal will be reviewed in April.
The government will also redirect $ 200 million from the Building Better Regions Fund to support drought-affected communities, and pump an additional $ 138.9 million into road projects.
Each of the 122 drought-affected councils and counties along the east coast will receive an additional $ 1 million if they need it.
At least six new shires and councils will also be offered $ 1 million.
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