A startling 67% of Australian farmers feel the work they do is undervalued by everyday Aussies, but there’s a simple solution we can all take to turn this alarming statistic around.
The National Farmer Wellbeing Report, commissioned by Australian farmer owned dairy cooperative Norco and the National Farmers’ Federation, also revealed 30% of farmers reported a decline in their mental health in the past few years.
The top three factors impacting farmer mental health were weather or natural disasters (47%), financial stress (36%), and inflation and cost pressures (35%).
Quantifying the impact across the country, it found that 88% of Australian farmers have had their farming operation significantly impacted by natural disasters over the past five years, with an average cost of $1.4 million per farm.
Everyone can help reverse statistics
Norco Chief Executive Officer Michael Hampson said it was devastating so many farmers felt what they did wasn’t valued.
“Our farmers really are the backbone of this nation and work tirelessly to deliver essential goods and services to the Australian public, so it’s clear that more work needs to be done to acknowledge this and plug the appreciation gap,” he said.
To help ensure our farmers feel valued, there’s really no better place to start than by making sure that we, as Australians, choose Aussie farmer products over foreign companies and imported products.
A good place to start, is to checking the labelling when buying products to see where they come from.
“This is a simple, first step that Australian consumers can get behind. But beyond this, we also need to consider ways in which we can actively help address the issue of declining mental health within our farming communities.”
The report explores the seriousness of mental health in Australia’s farming community and outlines recommendations to combat this crisis. To read the full report click here.
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