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
There have been a few hiccups along the way but the school garden at St Francis' Primary School in Hughenden continues to grow despite the on-going drought.
Agriculture Minister Joyce defends White Paper's drought loans, R&D spend and lack of inland rail plan
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says he is sympathetic to the concerns of drought-affected farmers about concessional loans, but has made no commitment to change the controversial schemes any time soon.
Federal Government efforts to entice grain growers into insuring against disasters have failed to impress farmers.