Denyer also touched on the issue of mental health which he said had 'increased by 70 per cent' in his region.
'There’s not only a financial toll but also a mental and emotional one. Some families are at breaking point, unable to afford food & with no choice but to shoot their stock so they don’t starve & suffer a slow death. Mental health issues have risen 70% in our region & suicide by farmers is the most tragic consequence of such a drastic situation.
'Farmers harvest our food and the materials for the clothes on our back...please think of them. We need them. They need us. That’s why we support.'
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au.