Primary producers affected by a severe hailstorm in Tabulam South last month are now eligible for Natural Disaster Relief Assistance, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald said.

Mr Macdonald said the hailstorm in the Tenterfield and Kyogle shire areas on 21 September caused more than $305,000 in damage.

“This was a severe hailstorm event that caused significant damage to at least four properties at Tabulam South,” he said.

“The hailstorm damaged 155 hectares of barley, 55 hectares of triticale, 26 hectares of wheat and 7.6 hectares of oats, with hail damage ranging from 5 to 100 per cent of the crop.

“Affected landholders can now apply for Natural Disaster Relief Assistance through the NSW Rural Assistance Authority on 1800 678 593.

“The assistance comes in the form of loans of up to $130,000, at 2.85 per cent interest per annum with a two-year interest free and repayment free period.

“These loans provide working capital to help producers replace or repair infrastructure.”

To be eligible, growers must demonstrate they are in urgent need of assistance, and that they earn the majority of their income from primary production.