Whither farming Down Under: Worst drought since 1902 hits Aussie farms and exports

Worst drought since 1902 in south-east Australia raises questions again about the impact of extreme weather on the future of the agriculture sector, which accounts for 15 per cent of export revenue

On his family's 2,400ha farm in drought-ridden south-east Australia, farmer Richard Rice is gradually coming to terms with not having a harvest this year for the first time since his grandfather started farming there 70 years ago.

The property has grain, sheep and cattle, but all are struggling due to one of the most severe droughts in the region's history.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2018, with the headline 'Heatwave hits Aussie farms and exports'. Print Edition | Subscribe