More than a third of the 55 successful applicants to the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF)/Coles Farmers Fund are south-west farmers hit by the St Patrick’s Day fires.
The fund this week announced the allocation of more than half a million dollars in grants to 55 farms across Victoria.
The farms will receive grants of up to $10,000 for projects ranging from upgrades of farm infrastructure, business planning, fencing and pasture recovery after the March 17 fires.
The Farmers’ Fund raised money through a partnership between the VFF and Coles, with 20 cents a litre raised from the sale of Farmers’ Fund milk in Coles supermarkets across Victoria. The latest grants mean the fund has now provided grants to more than 190 farmers.