Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by the severe weather event in Canterbury and we are monitoring the situation closely to establish what support our customers and communities need and how we can assist. ‘Helping grow the country’ is our vision and is at the heart of what we do, and this is especially the case at times of challenge and adversity.
The Canterbury region and surrounding areas have experienced a significant flood event and the full impact of this may not be known until flood waters recede and assessments undertaken. That effort is getting underway as the rain has eased. In the meantime, all our stores remain open, and our staff will be contacting customers and getting on-farm where practicable and offering support. We have heard of heartening stories of neighbours and communities helping one another.
The Rural Support Trust teams are coordinating their response efforts in the rural areas and PGW will continue to liaise and assist where we are able to do so. The Trust is also available to provide support and advice and details can be found at www.rural-support.org.nz.
Both the Temuka and Canterbury Park livestock saleyards will remain closed this week as assessment of the roading infrastructure in the area is assessed. As conditions allow, we hope that the calendared sales will recommence again soon and we will update the situation on our website.
Road and bridge closures have caused disruption to transport routes and damaged roads cause hazards for drivers, so please be cautious when driving. For our part, PGW will also be assessing the impacts that road closures will have on logistics and our supply chain. We are also in the process of assessing the immediate needs of our farmer customers as they look to address flood damage and implications for livestock etc.
PGW is committed to supporting our customers through this challenging period of damage assessment and the recovery phase. We continue to monitor the situation and we will work with customers to respond to any challenges that may emerge.
Further information on support available and information is available through the following:
For further information about how we can support you with your on-farm needs please contact your local PGW store or representative.