As ‘big dry’ continues, Australia launches billion-dollar fund to protect the country against drought

Australia is setting up a billion-dollar fund to “future proof” the country against droughts, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as farmers struggle with a “big dry” forecast set to continue for months. Eastern Australia has been hit by a crippling drought – in some areas for several years – that has forced graziers to hand-feed their stock, sell them or even shoot them dead to stay afloat. The unfolding crisis has sparked a raft of support measures from the government, including A$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) in financial aid for farmers and local communities launched in August, reports AFP.

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