WAFarmers would like to thank The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia (DAFWA) for their continual support of dairy farmers and the broader agricultural sector during the Waroona-Harvey fires.
WAFarmers appreciates being able to work closely with the Department staff under difficult circumstances to get the best outcome for the Waroona, Harvey, Yarloop and surrounding communities.
Road closures as the result of the fires have caused havoc for dairy farmers with tankers unable to reach many farms until today, causing many farmers to dump thousands of litres of milk over the past week.
Throughout this ordeal, DAFWA have continually advocated on behalf of dairy farmers and the greater industry, a cause which WAFarmers Dairy Council President Phil Depiazzi said was commendable.
“Relationships between dairy farmers and authorities have been strained over the last week as farmers try to do what’s best for their dairy cows while, at the same time, dealing with a backlog of milk,” Mr Depiazzi said.
“While the dumping of uncollected milk was a necessary action for many farmers, WAFarmers Dairy Council commends DAFWA for their understanding during this difficult time as farmers use alternative methods to dispose of their milk.”
The extent and severity of the fires, which are yet to be extinguished, also meant the need for assistance in fire recovery was urgently required, and WAFarmers applauds DAFWA for their quick work in compiling relevant information for all people within the agricultural sector.
“Comprehensive information for all producers within the agricultural sector has been collated and is easily accessible on the DAFWA website,” WAFarmers President Dale Park said.
“Information regarding support services, donation and volunteer drives, livestock assistance and management of soils, pastures, grapes and wine is all readily available, and we encourage anyone within the sector affected by the fires to visit their website or call DAFWA for additional support.”
All media requests must be directed to WAFarmers Media and Communications Officer Melanie Dunn on (08) 9486 2100 or [email protected].