Australia's most populous state '100 percent' in drought

Jan Cross
August 11, 2018

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.

The regulations to shoot kangaroos have been changed after New South Wales was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday, with farmers having little to feed their livestock.

"The land is too dry".

The entire state of New South Wales is now impacted by drought as extreme measures including water restrictions are tightened in a bid to combat the crisis.

June and July were much drier than expected and just 0-10 millimetres of rain fell over the past month in the west, northwest and central areas of NSW, resulting in failing crops, water shortages and a diminishing supply of fodder to sustain stock.

The federal and state governments have provided A$576m - $430 million - in emergency funding, according to the BBC.

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The state government last month quietly amended its drought map in response to fierce criticism from farmers without a green blade of grass, whose properties were categorised as being merely in "drought onset".

The Government has responded with a compensation package to help rural communities, including two lump sum payments worth up to A$12,000 for eligible households. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said earlier this week conditions were so bad that the country had to accept it was a "land of drought and flooding rains".

"They understand drought is part of the Australian climate and they manage for it, but this drought is longer and more widespread than any drought we've seen in over 50 years so that's why we've got to provide additional support".

James (left) and Harrison O'Brien feed grain to hungry calves at the family's drought-ravaged farm in Five Ways in the middle of NSW.

NSW Farmers' Association president James Jackson welcomed the government measures, but cautioned it was vital to ensure ongoing support, particularly to address mental health. We've got no idea so we run blind.

Grazier Mark Wylie has spent A$30,000 in the past six weeks boring for groundwater, to no avail.

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