RFCS WA responds to tomato potato psylid outbreak
The current outbreak of the tomato potato psylid has got many growers worried. The state Department of Agriculture and Food has quarantined at least five known locations, so produce cannot be sold or moved.
“Quarantining is essential but it will mean lost crops and income for affected properties,” says Mr Chris Wheatcroft, CEO of the Rural Financial Counselling Service WA.
RFCS can help businesses at risk of financial stress because of the tomato potato psylid.
“We can assist with documenting the financial impact of an infestation, accessing any relevant government assistance programs, negotiating with business creditors and developing ongoing strategies to deal with the crisis,” Mr Wheatcroft explains.
“The recently released WANDRRA assistance package is a good example. We are already helping growers access assistance through WANDRRA.
“RFCS people are experienced, qualified and have a proven track record in getting rural enterprises through tough times. The service is run by an independent community group, so it’s confidential and they put your interests first. It’s got State and Federal government financial backing, so it’s free to approved applicants.
“Just don’t leave it until it’s too late,” Mr Wheatcroft advises. “Call 1800 612 004 and we’ll send an experienced professional to meet with you on your property.”
RFCS WA works with farmers and growers of all types, foresters, professional fishers and small rural businesses supporting them. Ten team members cover all of WA, visiting businesses in financial stress and working hands-on with owners to create solutions.