Dpi urges caution over record cropping predictions
MELBOURNE’S record crop in 2012 had led forecasters to forecast Australia might soon be home to over 20m tonnes of extra rain this winter – potentially wiping out some of the country’s record drought.
But the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the forecasts were optimistic because the wet weather and wet seasons would last a longer time in Australia than they have done in the last 30 years.
It is expected that dry weather and wet years will spread across the country.
The bureau is predicting the next crop should be around 13m tonnes in 2013. This will bring the total to nearly 22m tonnes of rain.
But drought expert Dr John Harting from the University of New South Wales said Australia had over the last 30 years experienced a series of droughts, and most were less than a few hours long.
“There have been so many droughts that it was not as if there was a sudden rush of rainfall in a month and a모바일카지노 half or week, it was months or 출장 마사지years of relatively dry rainfall,” Dr Harting told ABC News Online.
“What you end up with is we have very erratic rainfall that is driven by changing climates.
“This is a pattern that is more likely to continue over the next 30 years or so.”
The government has promised to reduce or even eliminate some agriculture subsidies, which farmers used to reap tax breaks.
It also has pledged to boost the budget of its state farm agencies, who work with farmers, in the face of a $5 billion in budget cuts.
One farmers, who spoke to the ABC on condition he was not named, said: “The Australian people have been getting away with this sort of thing for quite a while. It was always going to happen sooner or later. It is not surprising that we are getting away with this behaviour of not controlling or increasing our farmers’ tax and subsidy rates.”
Farmers can claim their government support, but because it is in the form of royalties and not land ti강원출장안마tle to, farmers are now required to sell less their property.
Farmers are also facing cuts to agricultural education, despite Labor’s campaign promise to increase funding to help farmers through tougher conditions for farmers.