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Agriculture Minister Discusses Impact of Australian Floods

11 January 2011

AUSTRALIA - Minister for Agriculture, Senator Joe Ludwig, told a meeting of state and territory agricultural ministers and the National Farmer's Federation, he remained optimistic about the prospects for the summer crop.

According to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences the outlook for the summer cropping season was generally favourable with a large area to be planted, but this was dependent on drier conditions.

"While water levels have been falling in some flood affected areas of Queensland, floodwaters are moving south affecting more regional communities," Ludwig said.

"Today I met with agriculture ministers from around the country and the President of the National Farmers Federation, Jock Laurie, to discuss flooding issues and the rebuilding process. It will be some time before we know the full impact of the floods to the rural sector. We know that some farmers have lost crops and stock."

In other parts of the country, producers not directly affected by the flooding will generally benefit from improved soil moisture and water availability, he added.

The Federal Government has announced a range of assistance measures to support farmers, businesses and primary producers. Queensland primary producers and businesses who have been impacted by the floods can check eligibility and lodge a claim for assistance by calling the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority.

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