The Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association says more than 80 per cent of its members have received no support from the state government during the coronavirus pandemic.
This is despite members reporting up to 40 per cent of their business income has been lost this year compared to last year.
In a submission to the Public Accounts Committee’s inquiry on the state’s coronavirus response, TFGA chief executive Peter Skillern said these losses could further increase.
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He said 19 per cent of members had been able to access the government’s Small Business Hardship Grant.
According to survey results, Mr Skillern said 81 per cent of members had indicated that they believed the state government had provided enough financial support during the pandemic.
He said 88 per cent of primary producers believed they would not need financial support over the next 12 months to cope with the impacts of the pandemic.
“This is encouraging and suggests there is some optimism in the Tasmanian agricultural sector from some producers,” Mr Skillern said.
“However, the impacts of COVID-19 in the months to come to agriculture are unknown and some industries are likely to be more impacted than others.
“It is therefore important that the situation is constantly monitored, and the state government continue to receive feedback from the agricultural sector on the issues they face.”
The committee, chaired by Windermere independent MLC Ivan Dean, has received 21 submissions to the inquiry.
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