FARM WEEKLY | Grain Producers Australia encourages support for Ukraine with #AUSSIEGRAIN4UKRAINE


DRIVEN by passionate growers from Western Australia, a program launched on Monday allows Australian grain farmers to deliver humanitarian support for Ukrainian farmers and farming communities.


To back the cause, graingrowers can donate grain delivered from this year's winter harvest via a dedicated Grower Delivery Card, in the National Grower Register (NGR) system.


The Aussie Grain4Ukraine appeal also included a shout-out for growers to display Ukraine flags on their farm machinery during seeding and share images of their flags and machines on social media with the #AUSSIEGRAIN4UKRAINE hashtag.


A farmer-led sub-committee of Grain Producers Australia (GPA) has been formed to drive the fundraising campaign and direct targeted humanitarian support, in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.


GPA chief executive officer Colin Bettles said the sub-committee would steer and drive the fundraising initiative, to help raise awareness and deliver optimal support, at minimal cost.


"We are encouraging Australian grain farmers to fly the flag for Ukraine and provide ideas and suggestions on where and how to target the best possible support," Mr Bettles said.


"The sub-committee will analyse these suggestions and determine the most appropriate programs. This approach will focus on directing funding towards long-term, future recovery efforts for Ukrainian farmers and their communities, to make a genuine difference, as they come out the other end of this conflict."