17 Sep 2010

Two Fonterra facilities still being cleaned up

1:46 pm on 17 September 2010

Fonterra expects it will take up to another fortnight to get its earthquake-hit Christchurch distribution storage and warehousing facilities back in order.

The dairy cooperative's main Canterbury milk processing plant at Clandeboye in South Canterbury and its Plains milk powder plant in Blenheim Rd, Christchurch, suffered only minor damage in the quake.

But the Fonterra Brands distribution store and the bulk cheese warehouse in the city were left in a mess after storage racks collapsed.

Fonterra's emergency response leader, Kevin Lockley, says a team of a dozen people has been working to clean up the sites and get them running again.

Mr Lockley says there has been no structural damage to the buildings and they have been able to recover most of the product.

Concern farmers not asking for help

Meanwhile, the co-ordinator of the Rural Recovery Group in Canterbury says he's becoming increasingly concerned that farmers affected by the earthquake aren't asking for help.

Allan Baird says they have had only a few phone calls from farmers wanting support, but he believes that plenty more need it.

Mr Baird says there will be meetings in Canterbury next week to tell farmers what support is available to them.