'Farmy Army' back in Christchurch

9:37 pm on 18 March 2011

The so-called Farmy Army is back on the beat in quake-ravaged Christchurch.

A mixed band of about 400 rural and city workers, organised by Federated Farmers, spent a week clearing silt from people's homes soon after the earthquake, and got back on the case for a three-day spell starting on Friday.

About 80 mainly agricultural volunteers gathered at the A and P showgrounds on Friday morning ready for more silt clearing work in suburbs such as Avonside and Wainoni.

More are expected to turn up at the weekend.

Banks Peninsula farmer Ian Richardson says they're happy to help, especially as city residents have helped farmers in the past.

He says a lot of people, some from town, helped in a huge snowfall in 1992 and it is time to return the favour.