Assistance for primary producers impacted by flood

Monday 03 October 2016
Assistance for primary producers impacted by flood

The State Government has established a hotline for primary producers impacted by floods over recent days.

It is (08) 8207 7847.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) will run this assessment hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until further notice.

The Gawler River flood has had the most impact on primary producers with an estimated 1000 ha under flood in the Northern Adelaide Plains horticulture region.

This damage has been estimated at between $20 and $30 million, but with water levels still high and rain still falling, the total extent of the devasation is unknown.

On-site assessments are continuing with PIRSA officers working with industry groups including Primary Producers SA, and the Horticulture Coalition of SA to determine the full extent of the damage.

Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell says the advice he is receiving is that it will take six months for this region to recover with ongoing challenges including seed volumes to resew crops, availability of fungicide to treat surviving crops, and increased weed and insect damage.

"Elsewhere, we are aware that widespread infrastructure damage has occurred across the State including shearing, hay and machinery sheds, fallen trees on fences, roads and power poles. Landholders may experience significant clean-up costs folowing these wind and flood events.

"Indications from other primary industry sectors so far are that stock losses are minimal with pachy damage to grain and crops either through hail or inundation, particularly on Eyre Peninsula. The current crop estimate of 8.9 million tonnes is currently anticipated not to be downgraded at this stage," Minister Bignell said.

Primary producers requiring assistance should call PIRSA's hotline number on (08) 8207 7847.

More information: http://www.pir.sa.gov.au