Wet third summer would be ‘devastating’, farmer says

Farmers and regional communities are preparing for another dip with the Bureau of Meteorology confirming another La Nina summer.

Northern Rivers farmer Neil Baker said he and his neighbors were still cleaning up the damage caused by torrential rains earlier in the year which devastated Lismore and surrounding areas.

“We frankly can’t believe it, you just wonder where all the water is going to go,” Mr Baker said.

“A neighbor of mine got 1300mm of rain in 36 hours at the end of February – that’s almost a whole year in a day and a half – and the ground is still completely soggy.

“People are trying to rebuild and get back on top, but another big rain would just be devastating for us.”

NSW Farmers Business, Economics and Trade committee chairman John Lowe said another La Nina posed a serious threat to farmers and regional communities.

“People just haven’t had time to prepare for more rain because it’s been so wet already,” Mr Lowe said.

“While agricultural production has reached record levels due to all the humidity, in some places it will actually prevent people from accessing the paddocks to harvest their crops.

“The catchments are so full that there will be a risk of major flooding if we get too much rain in the wrong places, we’re just going to have to prepare as best we can and hope for the best.”

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