VFF says drought payments won't be the silver bulletLaura Poole, Tuesday May 7, 2013 - 18:34 EST
The Victorian Farmers Federation says drought relief payments are needed in Victoria now.
The new drought aid scheme, agreed to by Australia's agriculture ministers on Friday, places more emphasis on preparing for drought than compensation for farmers.
VFF president Peter Tuohey says it's too late to prepare for drought in some areas of the state.
"When you think of some of the farmers in the north-west of the state at the moment, they've had two pretty tough years and are virtually on the borderline of drought," he said.
"If we happen to go into drought this year, what's going to help them? We can't see anything in this proposal by the Federal Government."
© ABC 2013
More breaking news
Farmers desperately seeking drought relief have suspended a dramatic protest in Delhi, during which they ate rats and threatened to consume their own faeces, after the Government vowed to meet their demands.
Queensland's upcoming budget is expected to take a $1.5 billion hit from Cyclone Debbie, Treasurer Curtis Pitt says, despite the overall damage bill to private and public infrastructure predicted to reach $2 billion.
What will the weather be like for ANZAC Day Dawn Services around the country? Sydney will be dry with temperatures ranging from around 18 degrees in the east to 14 in the west.