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Farmers count costs of floods

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/04/2017

Edgecumbe floods. © Photo: Twitter/Luke Appleby Edgecumbe floods. Industries Minister Nathan Guy is expected to tour flood-damaged Bay of Plenty on Monday and a topic for discussion will be a relief package.

The floods that forced the evacuation of 1600 people from Edgecumbe on Thursday also covered and damaged surrounding rural areas.

Federated Farmers Bay of Plenty president Darryl Jensen told NZ Newswire during the weekend that the organisation helped to move 3543 animals, mostly dairy cows, from the region and others were moved privately.

Fonterra's Edgecumbe factory is closed and milk is being carted to other factories.

Whakatane mayor Tony Bonne on Sunday toured the hinterland with two government ministers and was heartened the people there told him to focus on Edgecumbe.

"I know there is going to be some high-level talks tomorrow with Fed Farmers and the Rural Support Trust," Mr Bonne said.

Pumps are being used in Kiwifruit orchards where vines are heavy with fruit ahead of harvest but there are losses.

Mr Jensen said support from government for farmers "would be worked out".

Farmers had incurred huge costs in moving stock and faced a hard winter because feed, usually grown in autumn, was lost in the floods.

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