DROUGHT SUR­VEY KEY FIND­INGS

Central and North Rural Weekly - - AGFORCE SURVEY -

❚ 81.5 per cent of cat­tle and sheep pro­duc­ers were run­ning less than three quar­ters their usual live­stock num­bers;

❚ Half of those sur­veyed had lost up to half their an­nual in­come with only 7 per cent re­port­ing no change to their in­come as a re­sult of drought;

❚ Al­most half those sur­veyed held and used Farm Man­age­ment De­posits;

❚ More than half are con­cerned about the lack of rain and the cost and sup­ply of seeds, feed and stock;

❚ About 60 per cent had less than half of their po­ten­tial wa­ter sup­ply and about 10 per cent re­ported hav­ing no sur­face wa­ter re­main­ing;

❚ About 42 per cent of those sur­veyed found the fod­der and wa­ter freight sub­si­dies avail­able through the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment’s Drought Re­lief As­sis­tance Scheme use­ful in man­ag­ing drought. Mea­sures sur­veyed farm­ers iden­ti­fied that would help them through this drought:

❚ Re­lief from coun­cil rates and lease­hold land rent;

❚ Sub­si­dies for fuel, freight and fer­tiliser;

❚ On-farm wa­ter in­vest­ment scheme, in­clud­ing de­silt­ing of dams and to build wa­ter stor­ages;

❚ Pest and weed man­age­ment grants;

❚ Eval­u­a­tion tools for land, cli­mate, wa­ter and weather.

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