NSW farmer to monitor freight prices

Dominica Sanda

The NSW government is cracking down on dodgy operators in the freight industry who are cashing in on the plight of drought-stricken farmers.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair on Sunday announced former NSW Farmers president and Corowa farmer Derek Schoen has been appointed as integrity advisor to monitor the government's drought transport subsidy program and freight prices.

"Every dollar rorted is a dollar that doesn't help a farmer and I won't accept anyone gaming the system," Mr Blair said in a statement on Sunday.

"The NSW government is committed to ensuring farmers, their families and the NSW taxpayer gets the best bang for their buck from the subsidy program."

Mr Schoen will work as an independent advisor to monitor the price pressures faced by farmers because of increasing demand on stock feed.

He will investigate dodgy operators who are increasing prices to cash in on the state government's recently-announced freight subsidies for farmers.

The transport subsidies are part of the state government's $500 million emergency relief package for drought-stricken farmers.

Mr Schoen said he would actively monitor freight prices to make sure farmers were supported.

"There is no question this drought is biting hard and I am committed to making sure this assistance measure reaches those most in need," Mr Schoen said.

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