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Crippling drought putting Australian farmers under intense strain

Crippling drought putting Australian farmers under intense strain

But the drought conditions in New South Wales state this year have been the driest and most widespread since 1965.

CANBERRA: Animal welfare concerns have been raised after farmers in Australia's most populous state were allowed to shoot kangaroos in order to keep them from starving to death.

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

Milne said Federated Farmers was exploring ways of supporting affected Australian farmers as many on this side of the Tasman felt helpless.

NSW may call on the army to help drought-stricken farmers if the situation gets worse, the premier says. Farm reservoirs have dried up and crops are failing.

The government also relaxed restrictions on shooting kangaroos in a bid to help farmers as the animals compete with livestock for grazing land.

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"They are shooting their stock because they don't want them to suffer".

While scientists are hesitant to attribute any individual weather event to rising carbon emissions, a main contributor to global warming, Australia's government has its eye on climate change when it comes to the availability of water resources in the region.

There was also cash for counselling and mental health services, with drought-related stress and even suicide a mounting concern, compounded by the isolation many feel on their remote properties. Between 1996 and 2015, rainfalls for Australia's southeast fell by about 11 percent since records started being kept in 1900.

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.

Authorities on Wednesday officially declared the entire state in drought.

Across Southern Australia, 2018 saw the second-driest autumn on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with rainfall 57mm (2.24in) below average, with less than 10mm of rain was recorded in parts of NSW in July, and drier than normal conditions are forecast in coming months, as reported by the BBC.


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