When Australia is a dry country, it’s a lot easier to get a job in agriculture.
But that is also the situation in Australia’s southern hemisphere, where drought has hit the most vulnerable.
Key points: The South Australian drought has impacted farmers in the Pilbara region, and the region is one of the hardest hit areas in the country A new study shows farmers across the country have suffered from severe water stress as the drought has gripped the Pilbarra regionThe study shows the Pilbanas drought is the hardest-hit in the South Australian region, where the drought is now affecting more than one million people in South Australia and the Northern Territory, the report states.
The researchers from the University of Queensland’s School of Agricultural Sciences found that in the last decade, the region has experienced an increase in water stress, as the average amount of rainfall per acre fell by 4.8 per cent.
The study also found that the Pilbellas drought affected more than 1.2 million people across the region, with farmers in some areas having to cut back on planting, while others were forced to move.
The region was hit hard by the drought, which was caused by extreme weather events such as the El Nino and La Nina, as well as severe drought and rising temperatures.
The Pilbara is one the hardest affected regions of Australia, as a record number of people are struggling to feed their families and their families are struggling in a drought, with many farmers unable to afford to plant or feed their crops.
A new report from the university and local researchers, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows farmers have been hit the hardest by the Pilbaas drought, in particular, by the fact that they were unable to plant enough land for the crops they needed.
The scientists used satellite data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to show that in 2016, the area of the Pilbaboo Basin had the highest area of drought in the world.
In South Australia, the Pilbrayas drought had affected an area of about 30 square kilometres, but in the Northern Territories, the drought area was only a little more than 3.5 square kilometres.
Professor Scott Brown, a researcher from the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food, said farmers in southern Australia had been hit hard.
“We have been impacted by the very severe drought conditions that have hit South Australia in recent years,” he said.
“The Pilbella drought has had a huge impact on farmers in this region, particularly in the northern part of the state.”
Professor Brown said the researchers had also found evidence that drought conditions were affecting some of the farmers in South Ayrshire, but the research was not yet able to definitively link drought conditions to specific farmers.
“This is just one area, but there are farmers in all parts of South Australia that are suffering from drought and are struggling with crop failure,” he added.
“So there are a lot of farmers in our region that are at a higher risk of not being able to feed themselves.”
Professor Paul Williams, from the School of Agriculture at the University, said the region had experienced a “massive” increase in crop failure, and that farmers were struggling to pay their bills.
“It’s quite a huge problem for farmers in Pilbara, and we’re seeing that it’s been affecting a lot more people in this drought than we’ve seen in other parts of the country,” he told the ABC.
“People have had to sell their farms, their livestock, their farm equipment, they’ve been forced to sell up their property, because they’ve had no cash to cover their rent.”
In fact, the average household in Pilbaroo had to take out a loan to pay for rent.
“Farmers in South South Ays have also experienced an increased number of drought-related deaths, with one farmer in the area dying from a heart attack, the study found.
In total, the scientists found that there were more than 4,000 people in the region with chronic water stress and a further 6,200 with chronic drought, according to the report.”
If we’re looking at just the Pilbelt, that is a significant increase,” Professor Brown said.
The new research comes just weeks after the Australian Government announced the introduction of a new mandatory ‘Drought Risk Assessment Tool’, with the aim of helping farmers cope with the worst of the drought.
Topics:drought,climate-change,agriculture,government-and-politics,public-sector,agribusiness,australiaContact the ABC’s Tim Kelly