Minister to meet Gulf graziers on drought helpTuesday October 1, 2013 - 08:44 EST
Queensland Agriculture Minister John McVeigh says drought-affected graziers in the Gulf country could receive extra financial assistance.
Beef producers in the region have been hit hard in recent months by drought and bush fires.
Mr McVeigh is meeting with graziers in Georgetown, west of Ingham this afternoon.
In May the State Government announced an $11.2 million drought relief assistance scheme for affected property owners.
Mr McVeigh says more help could be on the way.
"The Premier and I said we'd look at more assistance if we needed to so that's part of my research while I'm here," Mr McVeigh said.
The Minister will also inspect properties where irrigation trials are underway as part of an effort to transform northern Australia into a food bowl.
He says the prolonged dry has been exacerbated by live export problems and a Bovine Johnes disease outbreak.
He says drought assistance money is flowing but wants to hear if more help is needed.
"I haven't had any specific requests yet but I am certainly on the lookout for what we need to do to support our graziers," Mr McVeigh said.
"I am in close consultation with the new federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce - I need to work closely with him as well."
© ABC 2013
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