Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust COVID-19 Response

Continuing Support for Our Rural Communities

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Author: AllanBaird

Health and safety is paramount for the Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust.   We are therefore monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and will make appropriate changes to our work practices in line with the Ministry of Health’s recommendations.

We will continue to deliver our services to support your needs;

However, we will not be doing any on-farm visiting at this stage until the current Covid-19 situation reduces to a level that is safe for us to resume regular business.

We want our rural community, farming families and our team to remain as healthy as possible, so we ask for your cooperation and understanding.

Please make trips off farm for essential supplies only.   If your property needs to go into quarantine and you are unable to leave to get essential supplies, please call us as we are able to arrange authorised delivery of essential supplies to your farm.

If you require emergency service by a non-essential provider, email cdwelf@adc.govt.nz with a clear description of your issue, what you require to remedy it, and your contact details.

If you suspect you may have symptoms of COVID-19 please contact Healthline on 0800 358 5453.

For comprehensive information about COVID-19 please visit:

If you or someone you know needs help, please contact us.

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Support Teams Ready To Help - Hawke's Bay

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/view/support-teams-ready-to-help

Monday, April 6, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Dedicated teams have been set up to provide support for Hawke’s Bay farmers and rural communities affected by drought and constrained by the national lockdown.

Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group co-chairmen Wade Nilsson and Lochie MacGillivray say the eight teams cover water, feed, logistics, finance, welfare, animal health, Maori liaison and Wairoa.

“These teams are operational and can provide specialist support in their particular area,” MacGillivray says.

“We are conducting surveys with people in the worst drought-affected areas as well as further afield and are working hard to find ways to support people.

“Our initial survey results show the main issues are around feed and water shortages, soil and moisture deficits, TB movement control and delays in getting animals to the works. We are helping these people in partnership with other agencies.”

The rural community, particularly in Central Hawke’s Bay, faces unprecedented drought conditions. They need help urgently. Some communities are also affected by bovine TB stock control.

“For those we aren’t in contact with, you can still contact our 0800 RURAL HELP number.”

Nilsson says the situation has been changing daily and he urges farmers to check on their neighbours as often as possible to see how they are and offer support if needed.

“The rural community is in the middle of a severe drought along with other significant pressures such as covid-19. The rural community knows how to rally together and support each other. We urge people to do just this and look after each other.”

Nilsson says anyone needing support should contact the East Coast Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP for free and confidential advice or visit rural-support.org.nz.

Those wanting to buy or sell feed should check AgriHQ’s feed noticeboard at agrihq.co.nz/feed-noticeboard.

Farmers can find out if they qualify for financial help from the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, an initiative funded by banks and the Government that offers support for farmers struggling with farm debt.

For more information on the fund visit nzba.org.nz/2020/02/25/new-fund-to-get-advice-for-struggling-farmers-is-now-open/.

For more information on dealing with dry conditions visit www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/adverse-events/dealing-with-drought-conditions/.

The group, made up of representatives from rural and primary sector agencies, is working closely with Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

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Rural Assistance Payments

Friday, April 3, 2020

Author: WandaLeadbeater
Under the 2020 classification of drought across our regions Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) have now been made available to help farmers owners, share/contract milkers and growers. RAPs payments are to families affected by drought when their farm or orchard business cannot meet essential living costs.
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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Feed planning service flyer

MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

How it works

This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels:

1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)

 

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News & Alerts

Support Teams Ready To Help - Hawke's Bay

https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/agribusiness/view/support-teams-ready-to-help

Monday, April 6, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Dedicated teams have been set up to provide support for Hawke’s Bay farmers and rural communities affected by drought and constrained by the national lockdown.

Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group co-chairmen Wade Nilsson and Lochie MacGillivray say the eight teams cover water, feed, logistics, finance, welfare, animal health, Maori liaison and Wairoa.

“These teams are operational and can provide specialist support in their particular area,” MacGillivray says.

“We are conducting surveys with people in the worst drought-affected areas as well as further afield and are working hard to find ways to support people.

“Our initial survey results show the main issues are around feed and water shortages, soil and moisture deficits, TB movement control and delays in getting animals to the works. We are helping these people in partnership with other agencies.”

The rural community, particularly in Central Hawke’s Bay, faces unprecedented drought conditions. They need help urgently. Some communities are also affected by bovine TB stock control.

“For those we aren’t in contact with, you can still contact our 0800 RURAL HELP number.”

Nilsson says the situation has been changing daily and he urges farmers to check on their neighbours as often as possible to see how they are and offer support if needed.

“The rural community is in the middle of a severe drought along with other significant pressures such as covid-19. The rural community knows how to rally together and support each other. We urge people to do just this and look after each other.”

Nilsson says anyone needing support should contact the East Coast Rural Support Trust on 0800 RURAL HELP for free and confidential advice or visit rural-support.org.nz.

Those wanting to buy or sell feed should check AgriHQ’s feed noticeboard at agrihq.co.nz/feed-noticeboard.

Farmers can find out if they qualify for financial help from the Farm Business Advice Support Fund, an initiative funded by banks and the Government that offers support for farmers struggling with farm debt.

For more information on the fund visit nzba.org.nz/2020/02/25/new-fund-to-get-advice-for-struggling-farmers-is-now-open/.

For more information on dealing with dry conditions visit www.mpi.govt.nz/protection-and-response/responding/adverse-events/dealing-with-drought-conditions/.

The group, made up of representatives from rural and primary sector agencies, is working closely with Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group.

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Feed planning service

NZ-wide: for drought-affected farmers, and those affected by floods eariier.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Feed planning service flyer

MPI and partner agencies DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, AgFirst and Federated Farmers are providing remote feed planning support to farmers.

How it works

This service is based on level of need and operates on three levels:

1. In the first instance, we’ll work out how much feed you need. A call to an industry or levy body will get you a free stock take assessment of your feed planning needs.

2. In the second instance, where it’s required, we can offer more advice and practical support. An advisor will help you understand what needs to be done and how you can go about it.

3. Finally, we can also refer you to someone who can offer more in-depth support. We can refer you to a farm systems consultant, who can provide help over the phone or visit if it is a serious animal welfare issue. Please note this level 3 support is not free.

Please call one of these toll-free numbers:

Dry stock sector – Beef + Lamb 0800 BEEFLAMB (0800 233 352)
Dairy sector – DairyNZ 0800 4 DAIRYNZ (0800 4 324 7969)
AgFirst 0508 AGFIRST (0508 243 477)

 

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Bay of Plenty Drought Support kicks in

Large scale event classification

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Author: Terri Anderson

Media Release                                                                                                            For immediate release

21 March 2020

Support kicks in for Bay of Plenty farmers in drought

As drought grips many parts of the country, the ongoing challenges faced by farmers in Bay of Plenty have prompted the Bay of Plenty Primary Sector Coordination Group (PSCG) to draw on recently released Government funding.

 

 

Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor last week classified the drought in the North Island, parts of the South Island and the Chathams as a large-scale adverse event, unlocking up to $2 million in Government funding to support farmers and growers from now until June 2021.

 

Miles Mander, chair of the Primary Sector Coordination Group (PSCG) and Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust said that primary industry representatives and agencies had been monitoring the drought situation in the Bay of Plenty for several months.

 

“We were about to request drought classification for the BOP to support farmers and growers when the Minister made the announcement, which includes the BOP.”

 

“This drought package provides funding to the Trust to ramp up its support to farmers and growers who are struggling with the drought conditions. I encourage farmers who are finding the going tough and need help, or know someone that does, to get in touch with the Trust for a confidential chat and some guidance from one of the team.”

 

Drought classification also unlocks access to IRD’s Tax Equalisation Scheme and Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs) to help families in extreme hardship. The Rural Support Trust can support applying for RAPs which are the equivalent of the jobseekers’ allowance.

 

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, PSCG industry stakeholders’ BBQ events had been cancelled. “Now is the time to get creative and find alternative ways to support those affected by drought in these changing times,” said Miles.

 

BOP Provincial Federated Farmers President Darryl Jensen said that while current conditions were putting a real strain on farmers, with support they would come out the other side.

 

“Bay of Plenty farmers are resilient but this drought seems never-endin

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Southern flooding

Rural Updates

3/18/2020 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Author: Terri Anderson

For information about general help check this flyer:

Useful contacts

General information and assistance:

  • Government helpline on 0800 779 997 from 9am-5pm daily, including the weekend.

Animal welfare concerns

Industry body recovery information

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