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Helping Hand Project

Helping Hand Project

Local farmers who are in a position to help others are encouraged to register

A new project has allowed fire-ravaged farmers to connect with the help they need following this year's devastating bushfire season.

Farm management software company AgriWebb has launched 'The Helping Hand Project' which aims to connect farmers needing assistance with farmers willing to help.

Northern Victorian and Southern Riverina farmers are encouraged to sign up to assist other farmers, while those impacted by the fires can register for help - whether they need labour, agistment, feed or machinery.

"From there, our team will match up those who can help with those who need help," AgriWebb co-founder John Fargher explains.

"I hope the wider farming community gets on board.

"Nobody understands the needs of farmers like farmers. They have the equipment, supplies and know-how to make a difference, and quickly."

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In the face of this crisis, Fargher and the AgriWebb team were keen to contribute to the recovery. After receiving a number of offers from the AgriWebb community he realised AgriWebb was well placed to make a difference.

"We know there are people out there who want to lend a hand," Mr Fargher said, "so we decided we could drive a community project to help connect these people with those who need help."

"While Australians have been shocked by the scale of destruction caused by the current bushfires, the true horror awaits many farmers on their return home.

"Buildings have been destroyed, crops lost, and livestock has perished. There are fears up to 100,000 livestock could be lost. The figures are almost too great to grasp."

As of January 8, 167 AgriWebb users had farms under threat of fire, with some 409,000 livestock at risk and more than 200,000 hectares burned.

For people who aren’t farmers but still want to help, AgriWebb encourages a donation to Burrumbottock Hay Runners.

"Before the fires even started, they were doing a great job delivering hay to get farmers through the drought," says Fargher.

"Now, their work is more important than ever."

To register for assistance or to lend a hand, visit the Helping Hand Project.

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