Canegrowers need help: Truss

NATIONALS MP Warren Truss has backed calls by northern NSW canegrowers for assistance following a disastrous summer planting season.

Mr Truss and National party colleagues Nigel Scullion and Barnaby Joyce met with Tweed Canegrowers Association representatives at the Condong Bowls Club today.

“The loud and clear message is that through no fault of their own, many growers need help if they are to survive,” Mr Truss said.

“Some have planted twice, only to see their crops washed away by the big wet.

“As a result about 6000 of NSW’s usual 36,000 hectares of cane are unplanted.

“To add insult to injury, NSW farmers were only eligible for flood grants of $15,000, compared to $25,000 for their counterparts in Queensland and Victoria.”

Mr Truss said he was sympathetic to the growers’ plight and governments will need to consider innovative new ideas to help farmers get back on their feet and to support sugar dependent communities.

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