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Marlborough Farmers Receive Another $15,000

Taskforce Green workers and a further $15,000 of Government assistance are to be offered to Marlborough farmers who were affected by severe fires late last month, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Jim Sutton and Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey said today.

This brings the total of Government aid to affected Marlborough farmers to $30,000. That breaks down to $12,100 for co-ordination of the relief effort, $11,250 for technical advice, $5000 for counselling as advised by the Marlborough District Council, and $1650 for Task Force Green administration. Wages paid to Taskforce Green workers will also add to this total.

The Ministers said grants funding came from an emergency fund in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry's budget and will be administered by the Marlborough District Council.

The council has also given money to help the affected farmers, and assistance is also flowing in from farmers in other parts of the country.

Mr Sutton said that showed the solidarity, resilience, and generosity of the rural community in New Zealand.

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