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Drought planning is critical

WITH an increasing number of reports of drought-affected farmers having to shoot cattle, the calls for changes to the farm finance package are understandable.

The effects of severe drought across much of Queensland have been compounded this year by falling cattle prices, largely from the knock-on effect of live export bans to Indonesia.

Very few would argue these drought-hit farmers and the animals in their care need assistance.

But as the new Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce sits down to contemplate a new package, he needs to be mindful that not all farmers make adequate provision for drought.

Those farmers need to be encouraged to plan for the bad seasons and not overstock when rainfall is high and pastures plentiful.

Taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for poor management.

Topics:  comment drought drought assistance


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