Drought-hit farmers get helping handThursday December 20, 2012 - 14:24 EDT
Farmers in the Shire of Kent will have access to two schemes designed to help farmers in drought conditions after the Western Australian Government made nearly $1 million available.
The shire's farmers are now eligible for the Farm Water Supply Planning Scheme and the Farm Water Rebate Scheme.
They are designed to provide help with on-farm water supply infrastructure, emergency water supply planning and costs of farm supply water audits.
Water Minister Bill Marmion says the region's dry conditions in 2010 made it necessary to extend it beyond dryland farming areas.
The WA Farmers Federation has welcomed the move.
© ABC 2012
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