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Struggles of Australian Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change

Struggles of Australian Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change

2021-08-04

Even though droughts have taken a tremendous toll on the agricultural domain, farmers have battled through their struggle and proved their resilience. However, though the farming community are slowly overcoming droughts, climate changes are threatening to devastate this booming domain. Moreover, farm owners have largely faced struggles to battle the poor rainfall over the last 20 years. Southern Australia has also had to endure winter cropping. Currently, a report from the University of Melbourne paints a heartbreaking picture regarding the struggles that the Australian agricultural sector will have to face in the decades to come.

The greatest hurdle that the nation is faced with is a hotter and drier climate. This will impact the productivity of the crops and also the ultimate yield. In fact, Australia has already witnessed a huge temperature rise over the last century, leading to its struggles. When compared to the last century, the temperature has increased by over 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Experts are wary that if this trend becomes the new normal, then the temperature is expected to rise by more than nine degrees Fahrenheit by 2090. Nevertheless, it seems that wheat farmers will be able to endure the struggles and survive this atrocious weather. This is because even if the rainy season is shortened, wheat will still continue to grow.

The northern part of Australia is faced with different types of struggles. It seems that rain will intensify over the upcoming months. Calamities such as intense rains and cyclones are forecasted. Hence, crops like bananas, sugar cane and other such delicate ones are going to struggle intensely. Interestingly, warmer nights will definitely impact pasture and crop growth. Moreover, plants have a lesser chance of recovering when the temperatures do not decrease. This in turn can profoundly affect dairy cows. Nevertheless, Australia is prepared to combat all these factors to retain one of the best producers in the agricultural world.