The State Government has established a hotline for primary producers impacted by floods over recent days.
Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) will run the assessment hotline which will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Gawler River flood has had the most impact on primary producers with an estimated 1000 ha under flood in the Northern Adelaide Plains horticulture region.
On-site assessments are continuing with PIRSA officers working with industry groups including Primary Producers SA, and the Horticulture Coalition of SA to determine the full extent of the damage.
Primary producers requiring assistance should call PIRSA’s hotline number on (08) 8207 7847.
More flood and storm related information for primary producers is available on PIRSA’s website at www.pir.sa.gov.au
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
While the wet weather is still ongoing, ascertaining the full impact of the events over recent days for the state’s primary producers is still not yet clear but the indications are that the horticulture areas of the Northern Adelaide plains are the most impacted.
Estimates of losses in that area are between $20-30m, although with water still high in the area it is likely to be a few more days until the total extent of the devastation is known.
The advice we are receiving is that it will take six months for this region to recover with ongoing challenges including seed volumes to resew crops, availability of fungicide to treat surviving crops, and increased weed and insect damage.
Elsewhere, we are aware that widespread infrastructure damage has occurred across the state including shearing, hay and machinery sheds, fallen trees on fences, roads and power poles. Landholders may experience significant clean-up costs following these wind and flood events.
While indications from other primary industry sectors so far are that stock losses are minimal with patchy damage to grain and crops either through hail or inundation, particularly on Eyre Peninsula. The current crop estimate of 8.9 million tonnes is currently anticipated not to be downgraded at this stage.
Due to the wet conditions and with warm weather expected later this week the risk of both plant pests and disease is now quite high.
The State Government is working with all primary industry sectors to ensure that our primary producers are back on track as quickly as possible.