FORECASTS of rain over the next few days are expected to slow harvest, allowing time for diesel to be delivered.
Farmers continue to report diesel shortages across regional Victoria, with full allocations yet to be dispersed and petrol stations fast running out of supplies.
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"The weather has basically stopped the harvest,'' Victorian Farmers Federation grains president Andrew Weidemann said today.
"There won't be a high demand (over the next few days) which will give them time to put more fuel back into the retail sector.
"It will give them time to pay a bit of catch-up.''
An equipment fault at Shell's Geelong refinery at the weekend has resulted in soaring diesel prices, a major supply shortage and motorists screaming out for fuel.Shell began production again on Sunday and in a statement on its website says it is "ramping up production over the next 24 hours" but regular and full availability is not expected until after Christmas.