The assessment on the impact of agricultural losses as a result of the devastating bushfires across the state is still being conducted by officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
State Controller for Agricultural and Animal Services, Mehdi Doroudi said on-site assessments have commenced on the Cudlee Creek fireground and with initial assessments on Kangaroo Island.
“At this stage we are still verifying reports of livestock, horticultural, viticulture and other relevant agricultural losses,” he said.
“Given the number of fires and the fact that Cudlee Creek and the Kangaroo Island fires at Menzies and Duncan are still active it will take some time for us to obtain a full picture of the agricultural impacts of these fires.
“At this stage we are aware of some crop and agricultural infrastructure losses associated with the other fires.
“PIRSA officers are also working with teams from both RSPCA and SAVEM as part of the livestock assessment operations and we are also liaising with the horticulture and viticulture industries on ways we can assist them.
“A 24 hour hotline number – 1800 255 556 – has been activated for any primary producer and animal owners seeking urgent assistance and information. We also have officers available to assist with assessment of injured and burnt livestock including horses.
“Livestock producers and owners requiring assistance with agistment and fodder supply, and landowners wishing to donate emergency fodder, are advised to contact Livestock SA on (08) 8297 2299.”
Bushfire-related information for primary producers and animal owners is also available on PIRSA’s website at https://pir.sa.gov.au/bushfires