26 September 2023

Farmers warned more rain is coming

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The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is urging primary producers to prepare now for possible flooding and other disasters as the way to help ensure the safety of family, workers and animals.

The Department quoted Bureau of Meteorology forecasts which say rainfall for September to November is likely to be above median levels.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries, Mark Furner said trying to think clearly and make rational decisions in the middle of a disaster was difficult and a pre-prepared disaster response plan would be a big help.

“We’ve seen how catastrophic monsoonal floods, bushfires, and severe tropical cyclones and hail storms can heavily impact our agriculture sector, so I encourage all agri-businesses to get ready now,” Mr Furner said.

“We have online natural disaster guides to help producers get ready,” he said.

“Tips include photographing assets in their pre-disaster condition, ensuring everyone on the property is familiar with an evacuation plan, and ensuring livestock can reach higher ground.”

He also reminded people not to forget about family pets in household or farm emergency plans.

“Keep emergency phone numbers handy for your Local Council, veterinarian, animal welfare agency and pet and advisory services and make sure your pets can be properly identified if they escape,” Mr Furner said.

“If moving pets to safety, make sure you take plenty of food, bowls, a leash and toilet litter or old newspapers. If they are to be left at home, secure them in an appropriate confined space, preferably inside, elevated and under cover, and provide access to ample food and water.”

Information on disasters for primary producers is available at this PS News link.

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