The federal and state government of Western Australia have put together a financial relief package for farmers adversely affected by the effects of Cyclone Olwyn last month.

Many farms suffered significant damage to their crops from the effects of heavy rain, hail and high wind gusts.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett have announced the category C assistance package to be funded jointly by Commonwealth-State Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Eligible primary producers can apply for grants of up to $25,000 to assist with clean up and damage to their crops as a result of the cyclone.

Having a form of crop insurance can also help farming businesses recover quickly from the effects of natural disasters, such as hail. Crops can also be covered in other situations like chemical over spray or being damaged in transit.

Natural disasters can be particularly devastating to farmers considering growing crops and getting them to market are the life blood of many farming businesses.

Acting Minister for Agriculture and Food, cap up Bill Marmion, has welcomed the additional disaster recovery assistance for primary producers affected by Cyclone Olwyn.

“Tropical Cyclone Olwyn had a devastating effect on horticultural crops in Carnarvon and on pastoral properties,” Mr Marmion said.

“A critical part of assessing the impact of Tropical Cyclone Olwyn involved officers from the Department of Agriculture and Food completing more than 170 property visits in the Carnarvon horticultural area to assess infrastructure, equipment and crops”.

He commended growers who allowed department officers access to their properties to in order to make damage assessments possible in a short amount of time.

The Gascoyne region was an important primary produce supplier to Western Australia’s domestic food market. Total potential production was valued at up to $100 million per year.

Any farming business interested in taking out a crop insurance policy should contact their local MGA Insurance Broker today.