Rice crop worry

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

THE drought doom and gloom con­tin­ues.

Up in the Rive­rina, in­de­pen­dent agron­o­mist John Lacy from Fin­ley said he would be sur­prised if any­one’s bud­get can make rice a prof­itable crop this year.

This in spite of SunRice re­cently an­nounc­ing price hikes for rice.

Mr Lacy said while the new prices would pre­vent some grow­ers oper­at­ing at a loss the mar­gins were still too tight for rice to be a vi­able crop­ping op­tion, par­tic­u­larly with the pre­dic­tions the Mur­ray Val­ley will not get a gen­eral se­cu­rity ir­ri­ga­tion al­lo­ca­tion un­til at least mid Septem­ber.

There is some good news though for NSW drought stricken farm­ers, with the govern­ment giv­ing more power to farm­ers suf­fer­ing dam­age from kan­ga­roos.

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