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Interview With Warren Truss -

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(generated from captions) now if the view from your loungeroom window is one of a very brown looking frontlawn it's no surprise to hear that 87% of NSW is now back in drought. That's up from 76% a month ago, and there's now a real concern that towns like Goulburn, are facing the prospect of their main water supply running dry Goulburn has been living with stage 5 restrictions since last October, and residents will be asked to reduce indoor water use by 20%. Temperatures have been way above average for this time of year, and rainfall way below, and even lush coastal zones are now declared as marginal drought areas. Farmers are holding off on the expense of sowing winter wheat and canola crops, in the hope that it rains. Well, in budget week, Federal Agricultural Minister Warren Truss is the man who should have had some of the answers and he joins me now from parliament house. Mr. Truss let's start with the Exceptional Circumstances funding do you think you've widened the net enough to include more farmers? Well sometimes farmers just assume because they've been listening to their mates in the pub that their not eligible for EC Assistance they should most certainly test their eligibility if their in an EC area, talk to Centre Link, see whether there is some way in which their circumstances may qualify them for assistance. In addition if their eligible for the business support, the interest subsidies then they'll need to talk to their rural adjustment authority in their particular state. But the arrangements that are provided are provided to all of those who meet eligibility criteria, there's no limit on the funding that will be provided what ever is required to meet the obligations to the farmers who are effected, that will be provided. The price of diesel fuel just keeps heading north is this just a cost that farmers are going to have to wear?