9 May 2011

Help on way for storm-hit farmers

1:52 pm on 9 May 2011

Rural support workers are to visit coastal Hawke's Bay farmers whose properties were hit by a severe storm last month.

The Hawke's Bay Adverse Events Trust met on Monday to decide on a plan to help the 63 coastal farmers affected.

Massive slips following heavy rain caused severe damage to paddocks, fences, tracks and water supplies in central Hawke's Bay.

The Government has provided funds for Task Force Green workers and rural support co-ordinators.

Trust chairman Lawrence Yule says the priority is to have three co-ordinators visit every affected farmer over the next few weeks, to understand what labour is needed and to look at fencing damage and check de-stocking.

Mr Yule says the Trust will meet again in a fortnight to gauge progress.

The Rural Support trust co-ordinator for Hawke's Bay, Mike Barham, says he has a roster of farmers from throughout Hawke's Bay who are willing to provide practical help to their coastal collegaues when needed.