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South Australian farmers begin walking off their land amid warnings of national disaster that will force 20 per cent to leave within a year

Posted by waterweek on 28 September 2007

According to rural editor Nigel Austin, farmers ravaged by drought have begun walk­ing off their land amid warnings it is the start of a national disaster that will force up to 20 per cent to leave in the next year, reported The Advertiser (15/9/2007, p. 1).

10 to 20 per cent of farmers could leave within a year: Federation general man­ager Carol Vincent said farming organisations and the Department of Primary Industries and Resources of SA believe that 10 to 20 per cent of farmers could be forced to leave the land within a year. “Some have suggested it could be up to 50 per cent within 10 years. But it’s a matter of getting stuck into the problem to prevent that,” she said.

Good rains needed: Unless good rains fall within four to six weeks, permanent plant­ings of fruit trees and grapevines are expected to die as water runs out. Farmers have received just 16 per cent of their irrigation allocations this year.

The Advertiser, 15/9/2007, p. 1

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