• Short Summary

    ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S RICHEST FOOD BASINS - THE NORMALLY LUSH HUNTER VALLEY - HAS NOW BEEN DECLARED DROUGHT STRICKEN.

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    ONE OF AUSTRALIA'S RICHEST FOOD BASINS - THE NORMALLY LUSH HUNTER VALLEY - HAS NOW BEEN DECLARED DROUGHT STRICKEN.ALMOST ONE QUARTER OF NEW SOUTH WALES IS NOW IN THE GRIP OF THE DROUGHT.

    THE WORST AREAS ARE IN THE NORTH EAST QUARTER, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST UP FROM SYDNEY, AND IN THE FAR WEST.BUT THERE IS ONE BRIGHTER NOTE IN THE DISMAL DECLARATION OF DROUGHT TODAY; IT WILL MEAN SPECIAL GOVERNMENT CONCESSIONS TO HELP THE MAN ON THE LAND.

    THERE'S BEEN NO RAIN HERE FOR EIGHT MONTHS; EVEN THE WATER DIVINERS WITH THEIR METAL DIVINING RODS CAN'T PREVAIL ON NATURE TO GIVE FORTH.ONE FARMER BULLDOZED ONE THOUSAND YARDS OF GRAVEL ALONG A CREEK BED.BY SHEER LUCK HE FOUND A TINY SPRING.NOW HE HAS A SHALLOW MUDDY POOL, WHERE ONCE HE HAD A SWIFT FLOWING STREAM FROM WHICH TO FEED HIS STOCK.

    MANY OF THE STREAMS ARE COMPLETELY DRY OR HAVE BEEN REDUCED TO CHAINS OF STAGNANT WATERHOLES, AND THE OPPRESSIVE DROUGHT IS NOT CONFINED TO THE HUNTER VALLEY.ALONG THE MID-NORTH COAST, THE DAIRY AND BEEF CATTLE PROPERTIES ARE FACING ONE OF THEIR WORST SEASONS ON RECORD.NO FIGURES ON STOCK LOSSES HAVE BEEN TAKEN OUT, BUT IT'S RECKONED AT LEAST TWO THOUSAND HEAD OF CATTLE ARE DEAD.THOSE CATTLEMEN THAT CAN AFFORD IT ARE SHIPPING THEIR STOCK TO RIVER FLATS OR TABLELANDS FOR BETTER FEED.THOSE THAT CANNOT MAY BE FACED WITH RESULTS LIKE THIS, UNLESS THEY CAN GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.UNDER THE TERMS OF THE DROUGHT DECLARATION, FARMERS WILL GET SPECIAL GOVERNMENT CONCESSIONS INCLUDING FREIGHT REDUCTIONS.

    ANOTHER SERIOUS FACTOR IS THE LOSS OF MILK.THE MILK PRODUCTION IS DOWN 150-THOUSAND GALLONS A WEEK.NO PASTURE MEANS HAND FEEDING AND MAY HAS ROCKETED TO GBP25 POUNDS A TON.THERE'S NO RAIN IN SIGHT, AND EVEN IF THEIR WAS, IT WOULD STILL MEAN A LONG HARD WINTER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADXVQXM5GB1Z4MKNXHGG4XRE3Q
    Media URN:
    VLVADXVQXM5GB1Z4MKNXHGG4XRE3Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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