A struggling farmer has revealed the devastating price the drought is having for hundreds of families working on the land.
Jason Maloney told Weekend Today the drought crisis was affecting farmers all across the country.
“This drought, that’s Mother Nature and we have no control over that,” he said.
Mr Maloney is one of hundreds of farmers suffering financially and mentally because of the drought. Image: 9News
However, he also said consumers opting for cheaper products at the supermarket came at the expense of farmers who were already struggling to keep themselves afloat.
“Primary production across this country, the prices are way too low and we are seriously getting affected,” he said.
Since Mr Maloney’s story went to air thousands of Australians reached out to show their support.
“The most effective way people can support farmers like Jason is through campaigns like the buy-a-bale program we are running, because it consolidates the money which can be used to buy fodder, groceries or provide the mental health support our farmers need,” Charles Alder, the founder of Rural Aid, told Today.
He said Rural Aid had raised almost $1 million in the past week to help farmers like Mr Maloney.The drought is one of the worst the country has seen. Image: 9News
John Haycock is a third-generation farmer in Dubbo, NSW.
He told 9News his family are having to cut back on groceries and winter clothes because they are spending the money on keeping their livestock alive.
“People don’t realise how bad the drought is. NSW is virtually out of hay and we’ve got a pre-order to get grain for us and we can’t find it. It’s just being sold overseas,” he said.
Today Woolworths announced it would invest $1.5 million into the buy-a-bale program which directly helps farmers in need.
Mr Haycock said the government looked after the framers during the bad drought of 1982.Farmers are losing livestock because they are unable to survive the harsh conditions. Image: 9News
“They paid our freight and half the cost of grain. This is what got farmers through,” Mr Haycock’s daughter, Krystal wrote in a letter to NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair.
Mr Alder has also suggested visiting farmers could be a great way to show your support.
“A lot of these guys and girls are really lonely,” he said.
He also encouraged shoppers to buy local as a way of better helping our farmers.
Source: 9 NEWS