4 May 2011

Govt assistance for farmers after storm

6:00 am on 4 May 2011

Farmers hit by a severe storm and flooding in Hawke's Bay last week will get Government assistance.

About 100 farms between Cape Kidnappers and Porangahau were damaged.

The assistance will come through a Work & Income programme for the initial clean up, along with funding for the East Coast Rural Support Trust, to assist farmers with feeding and moving stock.

Welfare support and farm management advice will also be available.

Agriculture Minister David Carter says he saw the slips and flood damage first-hand at the weekend.

He says whole hillsides have collapsed in places, and some of the hardest hit coastal farms have lost up to 60% of soil on paddocks.

He says it's likely to be spring or summer before permanent fencing can be restored.