The Coalition Government has introduced the “Future Drought Fund Bill 2018” to Parliament, which, if passed, will create a future drought fund of initially $3.8 billion, growing to $5 billion over the next decade.
The first container shipment of molasses from Vietnam arrives at the Brisbane Port today with the cattle feed supplement to be distributed throughout Queensland amid concerns local supplies were running out due to the prolonged drought.
With hotter months returning NSW DPI livestock officer Geoff Casburn has outlined some basic break-even kitchen table calculations that can help to make important feed or sell decisions.
A new ABARES update released today provides a perspective on the drought, including rainfall deficiencies and its effects on crop production, livestock markets and farm incomes across the nation.
A survey of Queensland farmers has revealed about half had lost more than half their annual income due to drought and about 60 per cent had less than half their potential water supply.
A new Drought Finance Taskforce has been established to leverage the resources of banks, government and farm representative groups as part of ongoing efforts to support drought-affected farmers and rural and regional small businesses.
In this contributed opinion article Roma farmer Charles Nason outlines how decades of strategic thinking on drought policy have been alarmingly overlooked or ignored and outlines why drought policy must be seen as an issue of critical importance to every Australian.
Barnaby Joyce, Australia’s new special envoy for drought assistance and recovery, will have to be careful he doesn’t do more harm than good in his new role, writes University of Melbourne economics Professor John Freebairn.
The NSW Department for Primary Industries (DPI) has launched its ‘Managing and Preparing for Drought Guide’, just in time for spring to give the State’s primary producers relevant information to help them make informed decisions.
The New South Wales Government has appointed an independent advisor to monitor its Drought Transport Subsidy program and freight prices during drought, warning it will not tolerate anyone rorting or gaming the system.