Australian farms hard hit by severe drought

Farm output at lowest in 10 years, set to affect supplies to Singapore

A boat ramp leading to the drought-affected Split Rock Dam near the city of Tamworth, in northern New South Wales, Australia. As much as 98 per cent of the state is now experiencing drought. PHOTO: REUTERS
A boat ramp leading to the drought-affected Split Rock Dam near the city of Tamworth, in northern New South Wales, Australia. As much as 98 per cent of the state is now experiencing drought. PHOTO: REUTERS
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An extreme drought in parts of Australia has had a severe impact on the nation's food production, leading to a decline in exports and causing serious pain for farmers.

The volume of Australia's agricultural output has dropped 15 per cent in the past three years and is now at its lowest level in 10 years, according to the most recent report by the federal government's agricultural agency.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2019, with the headline Australian farms hard hit by severe drought. Subscribe