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Fed Farmers reach out to those in need

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/11/2016

The phone line set up for farmers affected by the quake to ask for help after has been ringing hot.

Federated Farmers has been fielding plenty of offers of help for North Canterbury farmers affected, but say the big challenge is reaching those who may be most in need.

The number, 0800 FARMING, was set up by Federated Farmers to let them know what farmers need, and matching them up with people offering to help.

"In these situations, a lot of people want to offer support but it's not always clear who needs it, especially in an area like this where power and communications outages make contact so difficult.

"What we need first and foremost are farmers with their own tools and who can be self sufficient to work on farm houses in bad repair," said adverse events spokesperson Katie Milne.

Federated Farmers are struggling to find get a good understanding of where the need is greatest, due to many roads and phone connections being cut-off.

"Farmers in isolated areas are likely to be busy out on the land rescuing animals and repairing damage, so we're using our own networks to reach out and identify the areas worst affected. We're on standby to assist where we can when the picture becomes clearer," said the North Canterbury president, Lynda Murchison.

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