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CLIMATE GUIDES HELP FARMERS WEATHER THE RISKS

CLIMATE GUIDES HELP FARMERS WEATHER THE RISKS

Farmers have access to the best possible climate information, to assist in making sound business decisions in the midst of the current drought.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s first 20 Regional Weather and Climate Guides have been released today, which includes both the Central West and Central Tablelands Local Land Service regions.

The $2.7 million project is part of the Government’s Drought Assistance Package.

Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said the guides would give farmers a clearer picture of what to expect in upcoming seasons

“This will give farmers the best possible guidance when it comes to important decision making on farm,” Mr Gee said.

“The guides will make sure farmers know their climate risks and opportunities - including rainfall and temperature trends, frost risk, when to expect the wet season, and the nature of local droughts, floods and heatwaves.

“This will also help with decisions such as when to plant crops, put fodder aside, lease land, build water storages or take out loans.”

Mr Gee noted the publishers have worked with local farming groups, so the data meets the needs of each region."

The guides have been produced by the Bureau of Meteorology, FarmLink and CSIRO in consultation with rural businesses, communities and farmer groups.

All guides will be released by the end of the year and made available through the National Farmer's Federation FarmHub tool and the Climate Kelpie website. Guides can be found at www.bom.gov.au/climate/climate-guides/