Otago Rural Support Trust

When circumstances beyond your control lead to a rural business crisis — be it financial, climatic or personal — the Otago Rural Support Trust is ready to assist. Services are free and confidential.

The Otago Rural Support Trust is part of a nationwide network of Rural Support Trusts that can assist rural individuals and communities during and after extreme weather and other declared adverse events. They are able to access Government adverse event funding and utilise support from many Government agencies to help rural individuals and communities get back on their feet. All areas within the Otago Regional Council catchment are covered.

The Trust members are local rural people with a wide range of experience and knowledge in dealing with challenging rural situations. The Trust has two coordinators who are specially trained. The coordinators travel to where they are needed, contact is one-on-one at a place that suits you, and services are free and confidential.

Alerts

16.02.15Alerts

Drought Declared in Otago

Government has announced a medium-scale adverse event (a serious drought!) for most of the eastern seaboard of the South Island . In Otago this includes all of the area within the Dunedin CC, the Central Otago DC and the Waitaki DC. Unfortunately there is little assistance available for the average farming family, except for those who are struggling to put food on the table. Such families can apply for assistance roughly equivalent of the unemployment benefit. For more information on what is known as the Rural Assistance Program contact the Otago Rural Support Trust on 0800 787 254.

The Otago Rural Support Trust is well placed to assist farmers through this event - please call us if you wish to discuss your circumstances or anyone you may be concerned about. The Trust encourages farmers, families and communities to be there for each other and to keep talking about the situation you find yourself in - a problem shared, is a problem halved.

There is alot of industry information from Beef and Lamb, Dairy NZ, Federated Farmers and Rural Women. Federated Farmers has its feedline open and operating.

Useful brochures for download Coping with stress on the farm 2014 SUMMARY MPI Adverse Events and the Primary Sector Recovery Policy On farm adverse events recovery plan Resilience Road show - Beef & Lamb Need help with drought Other useful resources http://www.mpi.govt.nz/ - dealing-with-drought-conditions www.beeflambnz.co.nz www.dairynz.co.nz www.fedfarm.org.nz www.ruralwomen.org.nz
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