Camden Haven farmer James Smith has invested everything into his organic produce farm near Lorne.
He fears recent flooding has dealt the 'final blow' to many struggling farmers.
Mr Smith and partner Emily have endured bushfires, a health pandemic and now flooding since they made the decision to quit their Brisbane jobs to start the Sohip Farm in September 2019.
Since December, their property has had more than two metres of rain dumped on its paddocks which were planted with mixed organic produce crops such as broccoli, spinach and carrots.
Mr Smith said he is one of many farmers in the area who have been pushed to the edge by this significant flood event.
"During the March floods we woke up at night to find the banks had burst and the whole market was wiped out," he said.
"Just in crops alone we lost about $100,000 that night. We had 18 months worth of work (compost, fertiliser) in the soil washed away in about eight hours and are now looking at a three to four month gap without harvesting.
"Everything we accumulated since moving was invested into the farm here and we were just getting to the stage where we were selling regular produce.
"We are at the point now where we needed to sell produce to cover running costs and provide an income because we have been living off our savings for the last 18 month. The floods have wiped that out."
Federal government assistance has been announced with primary producer flood recovery grants worth up to $75,000 to salvage crops, repair damaged farm infrastructure, fencing and equipment.
Rural Aid is also offering a special $1000 emergency payment to farmers impacted by flood.
Mr Smith worries that only larger agricultural companies will see benefit from the grant selection process, while smaller operations could be overlooked.
"We will be one of many looking at all avenues to get some assistance to recover," Mr Smith said.
"Scott Morrison does tend to focus more on bigger agricultural entities and I'm hesitant to say if we will get funding and support over the coming months.
"The general consensus among farmers is probably disbelief that we have had that much rain. Even before the floods people were doing it tough and it was one of the worst seasons.
"I feel that people were already burnt out from the bushfires, they were at the end of their tether and this may be the final blow for some.
"I know some farmers who have gone and taken a holiday because the last three months of insane wet weather has dampened their enthusiasm for what they are doing. Basically shutting the farm down and hopefully revive themselves enough to give it another go.
"There is also a fear that this once in a hundred year flood could become more frequent with the likes of climate change."
Members of public can register for assistance, for emergency fodder or livestock support as a result of flooding, by calling the Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647.
For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444 from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
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