SA Growers Flood Appeal set up

Wednesday 05 October 2016
SA Growers Flood Appeal set up

Over recent days primary producers have been greatly impacted by floods with an estimated 1500 hectares under water in the Northern Adelaide Plains after the Gawler River burst its bank causing havoc to the horticulture region.

The full extent of the devastation will remain unknown for days. Some product lines have been affected with local supplies interrupted.

South Australian vegetable grower body AUSVEG SA and the South Australian Produce Market have teamed up to establish the SA Growers Flood Appeal to rally support for local horticulture growers who have been affected by the recent floods and wild weather that have impacted the state's horticulture producers.

The Appeal will fund seedlings and other start up costs for affected growers so they can get back on their feet, with funds administered by registered charity Foodbank. Applications for financial assistance will be assessed by an independent panel of growers and industry members.

The Appeal has already received over $20,000 for flood-affected growers, with AUSVEG SA, the South Australian Produce Market, AUSVEG, Visy, Peats Soil and CRT Virginia providing initial support.

The initiative also has backing from the Horticultural Coalition of SA who is encouraging members to back the Appeal.

It is estimated that losses in Adelaide's north could be upwards of $50 million as a result of the floods, which has had a devastating impact on the growers in that area.

Contributions can be made by calling (08) 8349 4493 or by donating via Foodbank's website: https://www.foodbanksa.org.au

Click on "Make a Donation" and use the drop-down box to select "SA Floods Appeal"