newsCO.com.au | Alliance adds to calls for revised farm loans eligibility criteria

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2014-02-14 04:17:00

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February 14, 2014 15:17:26

An eastern Wheatbelt farming group says it is extremely frustrating for struggling growers in the region to see limited demand for a Government support package.

Three weeks after the federally-funded concessional loan scheme was launched, just one application has been received.

There have been calls from farmers for the selection criteria to be changed to allow struggling eastern Wheatbelt farmers to access the loans.

Scott Stiratt from the Muntadgin Farming Alliance says it is a discouraging situation for growers who need the help but cannot access the funds.

“Farmers don’t want a handout, they just want a bit of a helping hand,” he said.

“I imagine it’s incredibly frustrating to be sitting there knowing there’s $50 million on the table and yet you can’t access it.

“Once again the State Government has aimed the assistance package at those who probably don’t need it.

“From our point of view we would just urge the State Government to direct the funds to the areas that need it the most.”

Yesterday, a spokeswoman for Agriculture Minister Ken Baston said it was too early to pre-empt what level of interest there would be.

The spokeswoman would not confirm how many applications there have been.

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