The Ministry for Primary Industries will allocate up to $20,000 to enable extra support for farmers and growers affected by last month’s storm damage and flooding in Southland. Director of farming support, Nick Story, says the funding will go towards specialised one-on-one support, co-ordination of the cleanup, and wellbeing events. Southland Federated Farmers president Chris Dillon says the funding is welcome and well being events get people off the farm, where they realise that they’re in the same boat as everyone else, and may be more comfortable in asking for help rather than if an MPI ute comes up the driveway.