Army May Be Called In To Help Drought-Stricken Farmers

Mindy Sparks
August 10, 2018

A smattering of rain earlier this week did little to ease one of the driest starts to the year on record, turning pastures to dust and destroying huge areas of grazing and crop lands.

Australia's most populous state, has declared that it is 100 per cent in drought, with a quarter considered to be in "intense drought".

With dry conditions forecast to continue for the next three months, farmers had to decide whether to continue the expensive and laborious task of hand-feeding cattle and sheep or sell their livestock.

"Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot nearly whatever they want and it's unaudited and unchecked and that's our concern - animal welfare", Mr Borda said.

Much of Australia's southeast is struggling with drought.

The sight of wide expanses of dry earth greets farmers every day around the state.

Mr Lee, a member of Farmers for Climate Action, wants the federal and state governments to accept that reality and come up with a plan to help farmers adjust to a warming environment.


"Many farmers are taking livestock off their paddocks, only to then see kangaroos move in a take whatever is left", Blair said.

Others have had to bulldoze orchards or lose their farms, leaving entire families without income, according to Australian media.

Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne says offering drought-stricken Australian farmers an escape could do wonders for their mental health. Eligible households will able to apply for two payments of A$12,000 ($9,000) to help them get through the drought.

Though Australia has long suffered from spells of drought, other parts of the world are now experiencing extreme weather which experts say is evidence of the Earth's changing climate.

The NSW government has announced more than A$1 billion in drought relief measures, which include transport subsidies, waivers on farming costs, further bolstering the Farm Innovation Fund, animal welfare measures and mental health support. Japan and Korea are suffering heatwaves and wildfires have blazed across California and Sweden.

Global average temperatures are around 1°C higher than in the pre-industrial age, and rising at 0.17°C per decade, scientists say.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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