When circumstances beyond your control lead to a rural business crisis - be it financial, climatic or personal - the Otago Rural Support Trust is ready to assist.

Services are free and confidential.

The Otago Rural Support Trust is part of a nationwide network of Rural Support Trusts that can assist rural individuals and communities during and after extreme weather and other declared adverse events. They are able to access Government adverse event funding and utilise support from many Government agencies to help rural individuals and communities get back on their feet. All areas within the Otago Regional Council catchment are covered.

The Trust members are local rural people with a wide range of experience and knowledge in dealing with challenging rural situations. The Trust has two coordinators who are specially trained. The coordinators travel to where they are needed, contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you, and services are free and confidential.

News & Alerts

Want to work on an earthquake affected farm?

The skilled worker and volunteer programme

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Author: Terri Anderson

Do you have on-farm experience, especially fencing, and want to work or volunteer on an earthquake-affected farm in Marlborough, Kaikoura or the Hurunui? 

Call now on 0800 327 646 (0800 FARMING) to lodge requests for help on the farm, or to offer your help as a volunteer or worker.

What is the skilled worker programme?

Government has provided $600k for the next four months to fund skilled on-farm workers and volunteers to assist with recovery from the Earthquake.

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/farm-earthquake-recovery-initiative-launches

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Velvetleaf Biosecurity Alert

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Author: SuperUser Account

Velvetleaf should be easy to spot among this season's fodder beet plantings. It usually stands well above the growing beet and looks distinctive.

However, in Southland it can be shorter and more difficult to spot amongst the crop.

If you have planted fodder beet, and in particular Kyros or Bangor varieties, check your fields.

If you find velvetleaf:

  • Take a photo of the plant or plants, if possible
  • Mark the location, so it's easy to find again
  • Do NOT remove it. This can only be done by a warranted officer
  • Contact MPI immediately on our pest and disease hotline – 0800 80 99 66.
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