Much-needed rains have finally fallen over some of the country’s drought- affected regions, but seasonal concerns continue to hang over the outlook for Australia’s agricultural sector, the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found.
The Australian Government has introduced legislation to establish a new, secure, revenue stream – which will grow to be worth $5 billion – for drought resilience, preparedness and recovery.
Sugarcane growers in Queensland are starting to count the cost of a week of bushfires, some of which are still burning close to farming areas.
It is now easier for farmers to apply for the fortnightly Farm Household Allowance hardship payment and farmers are being urged to apply.
Our agriculture sector across the Pyrenees region will soon be transporting livestock and grain to market more efficiently and safely through the Victorian Government’s Local Roads to Market program.
Outback communities will have further opportunities to have their say about the future of the Great Artesian Basin with consultation on a Strategic Management Plan extended until 9 November 2018.
Flooding in rural areas has regularly hurt the hip pocket of Australian farmers, with significant impacts on production.
The value of Australia’s farm production is forecast to remain relatively unchanged at $60 billion in 2018–19, well above the 10-year average of $56 billion, despite very dry conditions in some places.
Aussie farmers remain resilient, with ABARES forecasting a rise in the total value of farm production to $61 billion, well above the ten-year average.
The draft Cape York water plan must be revamped to encourage more agricultural development balanced with the protection of the unique environmental and cultural values of the region, AgForce said.