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Australian grain growers urged to support farmers and citizens in war-torn Ukraine



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There is a renewed name for Australian farmers to help their counterparts in Ukraine by donating grain that can be offered to boost cash for support teams working within the conflict zone. 

The decision comes virtually 12 months after Russian troops invaded Ukraine on February 24 final 12 months.

The Grain4Ukraine fundraising drive was launched in April, and known as on farmers to donate grain, show the Ukrainian flag on farm equipment and put up pictures to social media.

It is an initiative of nationwide foyer group Grain Producers Australia (GPA), which has established a subcommittee to supervise it.

Man standing in a crop of yellow canola.
Colin Bettles is encouraging farmers to donate grain to a fundraising drive. (Provided: Colin Bettles)

GPA chief government Colin Bettles stated the enchantment was born out of a need from farmers in Australia to point out solidarity with Ukrainians.

“GPA was contacted by some farmers, particularly a pair in Western Australia – Brad Jones and David Fullwood – who’ve connections with Ukraine, having been there with their Nuffield scholarships,” he stated.

“They’d a number of empathy towards what the individuals of Ukraine had been going via.

“So we have centered on organising a facility the place farmers might donate grain in the event that they wished to point out that help for individuals in Ukraine.”

Hopes near-record crop will gasoline donations

Mr Bettles stated whereas some farmers had donated grain, he hoped a bigger slice of the near-record predicted 62 million tonne nationwide crop can be supplied up.

“The conflict’s not entrance web page information now so it is in all probability slipped from entrance of thoughts for lots of growers, and it was a very difficult harvest for [Australian] growers as properly,” he stated.

“But when anybody does have grain they need to donate, the conflict is continuous and the power is there, so we’ll proceed encouraging individuals to donate.”

Man standing on air cart with the Ukraine flag
Corrigin farmer Simon Wallwork proudly shows the Ukraine flag.(Provided: Simon Wallwork)

4 charities to obtain proceeds

The cash raised from the donated grain can be break up between 4 charities working in Ukraine — UN Disaster Aid’s Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, the World Imaginative and prescient Ukraine Enchantment, World to Rebuild Rural Ukraine and Oxfam Worldwide.

Mr Bettles stated farming was difficult at the very best of instances, and it was unimaginable to suppose how a lot more durable it will be in a conflict zone.

“We went via extreme rain and flooding this harvest and had been ready for the bottom to dry up, however ready for the bombs and bullets to cease is one thing we will not think about,” he stated.

“Australian farmers and the Australian public are very well-known for being beneficiant … so with an enormous harvest there is a chance to provide just a little, ought to individuals select to.”

To donate farmers can switch grain to the GPA’s Nationwide Grower Register quantity, which is 1500 4442.