• Short Summary

    Bushfires in the Australian state of New South Wales were adding this week to the problems of farmers who are struggling to survive a drought which has cut the expected wheat crop this year by almost half.

  • Description

    Bushfires in the Australian state of New South Wales were adding this week to the problems of farmers who are struggling to survive a drought which has cut the expected wheat crop this year by almost half.

    Some rain has fallen over drought areas but in one of the worst affected areas - near Coonabarabran in the Central West - there was not even enough rain to put out a bushfire which had burned for more than two weeks.

    The fire spread into a series of blazes which devastated about 40 square miles of land.

    The lack of rain meant that the wheat corp for the country was expected to drop to 2540 million bushels for the year - compared with a forecast of 400 million bushels before the drought set in.

    The lack of grazing pastures forced many wheat producers to allow sheep and cattle on to the crops to feed on wheat to survive the drought.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8SRIFC5OZSZHQB7FS33PYJJXV
    Media URN:
    VLVA8SRIFC5OZSZHQB7FS33PYJJXV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/10/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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