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Last modified: 14 Jul 2021 11:44am

A flooded field and muddy, boggy ground round its fence

Applications are open for a $4 million fund from the Ministry for Primary Industries to help flood-affected farmers and growers in Canterbury.

Widespread flooding triggered by a one in 200-year flood rainfall event in late May 2021 caused significant damage.

The financial support will help flood-affected farmers and growers get back on their feet as quickly as possible.

MPI has been working with Federated Farmers, DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, Deer Industry New Zealand, and councils, to determine how this funding can have the greatest impact.

Grants will assist farmers to clear flood debris from their paddocks, such as shingle, boulders, trees, and silt.

Applications can be made retrospectively for clean-up work already undertaken. The size and distribution of grants will be determined once all the applications have been received.

Applications will be assessed by an independent panel, made up of people that sector groups have helped to select.

The panel's members will confirm that grants meet the eligibility criteria and that the allocation process is fair, consistent, and transparent. MPI will contribute up to half of the clean-up cost for uninsurable works.

Applications for the fund close on 30 July 2021. An application form, helpful checklist, the criteria and a fact sheet are all available from MPI.

For more information or require assistance to complete their application will be able to contact MPI: