NSW Farmers is inviting all farmers hit by the 2019/2020 bushfires to fill in a confidential survey to strengthen policy and government advocacy going forward.

Batlow apple grower Greg Mouat says he suffered a 15-20 per cent drop in production due to the combined affects of drought and bushfire

NSW Farmers’ President James Jackson says gaining a comprehensive understanding of the damages and financial impacts of fires on farm businesses since last year will be important for future discussions with government.

Tony Allen’s cattle in his paddocks near Cobargo, where the fires destroyed his pastures and fencing, but spared their home and dairy shed

“As farmers progress further into the repair and recovery processes, the extent of the damage and the recovery costs bill will be more apparent and it is important that government understands the significant costs, impacts and repair challenges.

NSW Farmers’ President James Jackson

Mr Jackson says NSW Farmers is hoping to receive as much feedback from primary producers as possible. All information will be aggregated and no personal details will be reported from the survey.

Oyster farmer Kel Henry at his Wonboyne Rock Oysters property, where ash and sediment caused water quality issues

“The survey results will help inform NSW Farmers’ policy, so we hope to receive as much feedback from primary producers as possible. The information will strengthen our advocacy for rebuilding after the bushfires.”

To partake in the survey, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nsw_bushfire_impact_survey

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