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Drought declared in entire state of New South Wales

2018-08-08 08:25
Farmers in Australia's most populous state have been doing it tough, battling through one of the driest winters on record. Now, their outlook may turn even bleaker since officials have declared, on Aug. 8, that the entire New South Wales is in drought. “This is tough, there isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities,” NSW Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said. In a statement to the Epoch Times, the minister said the Western, North West and Central areas of NSW have only seen 0-10 millimetres of rain over the past month. He continued by saying that forecasts for the next three months suggest an increase in drier than normal conditions across the majority of the state.