15 May 2011

Overwhelming offers of support for farmers

7:15 am on 15 May 2011

The Hawke's Bay Rural Support Trust has received an overwhelming number of offers, to help farmers hit by the worst storm they can remember.

Heavy rain a fortnight ago caused substantial damage to roads and more than 110 coastal farms in northern and central Hawke's Bay.

Trust co-ordinator Mike Barham says there have been calls from farmers, banks, fertiliser and machinery companies, rural servicing firms, young farmers, four-wheel-drive clubs and Napier Boys' High School.

Mr Barham says farmers should not be shy about accepting the offers.

He and two other co-ordinators will visit every affected farmer in Central Hawke's Bay by the end of next week to assess their needs.