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Fed: Farmers call for major overhaul of drought relief program


AAP General News (Australia)
04-14-2004
Fed: Farmers call for major overhaul of drought relief program

Farmers are urging state and federal governments to dramatically overhaul the rules
they have to meet to receive much-needed drought relief.

The farmers are meeing agriculture ministers from around the country at a special drought
conference in Canberra.

National Farmers Federation president PETER CORISH says the conference is an opportunity
to make positive changes to the way drought relief is allocated and administered.

He says problems have arisen because in many cases relief has not been handed out to
those most in need.

Mr CORISH says that less than half the $1 million the federal government allocated
for drought relief in 2002/03 has been spent.

He's told the Nine Network that the eligibility criteria currently for drought relief
is prohibitive in many cases.

He says rural communities that are desperate, are not getting the money.

AAP RTV bt/rh/rt

KEYWORD: DROUGHT NFF (CANBERRA) WITH AUDIO

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