Fire Relief 2020 - The program continues to assist our hard-hit farmers

15/04/2020

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolds here and overseas, we remain mindful of the challenges still facing rural communities in the wake of the devastating summer bushfires. In partnership with our national dealer network, we launched #FireRelief2020 in January to aid the process of clean up and recovery. We are pleased to report the program continues to assist our hard-hit farmers. 

Approximately $2 million worth of tractors and attachments are on loan in the worst affected areas, including King Island and Harrogate, SA (with the support of Central Hills Machinery), Brogo and Quaama, NSW (JTP Machinery), East Gippsland, VIC (Elders Bairnsdale), Cudgewa and Corryong, VIC (McGregor Machinery) and Nowra, NSW (Goulburn Farm Machinery). 

“We have a Deutz Agrofarm 100 GS ROPS tractor with 4-in-1 bucket and post hole borer at Blaze Aid powering through re-fencing and now a Deutz Agrolux 410 ROPS with loader and forks to help with clean up operations,” said James Peel at JTP Machinery. 

“PFG supplied a PX1052 Kioti tractor to unload and load trucks and trailers of hay,” said Gino Demarco of Elders Bairnsdale. “That went to the sale yards. It was then used for straightening up loads and securing loads of hay and silage to make the journey up the mountains, and for dispersing grain to farmers in affected areas and to distribute fencing materials to keep farmers’ livestock on their property.” 

We also acknowledge the outstanding work of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners and Sheathers Machinery in Wingham, NSW. The former with coordinating and transporting massive quantities of feed to desperate farming communities – two Deutz Fahr 6165 RC shift models were loaned to tackle baling – and the latter for throwing their full weight behind the efforts of Blaze Aid. 

In all, seven Deutz Fahr tractors and seven Kioti tractors are in the program, along with various attachments to assist, such as bale forks, pallet forks and 4-in-1 buckets.  PFG Australia and its dealer network will provide support throughout 2020 as long as there is a need from farmers.

(Pictured L-R Adrian Findlay from Deutz-Fahr Australia and Gino Dimarco from Elders Bairnsdale)