Farmers seek small diggers for clean-up effort

11:20 pm on 1 March 2011

Federated Farmers is calling for people with earthmoving equipment to join its volunteer army clearing silt from the suburbs of Christchurch.

Since Saturday farmers and agricultural workers from around Canterbury have joined Christchurch residents to help clean up silt covering parts of the city after Tuesday's earthquake.

Federated Farmers spokesperson David Broome says much of the equipment volunteered by farmers is too big to work inside suburban properties. He says smaller diggers and loaders are needed.

Anyone wanting to volunteer for the so-called Farmy Army can call 0800 327 646.

Meanwhile, farmers helping clean up contaminated silt in Christchurch are being told to wear milking gloves when they eat because hand sanitisers don't kill all the germs in the silt.