By Anna Vidot, Sarina Locke
Posted 27 June 2016 at 7:44 am
A heatwave zapped wine grapes at Port Germein, in South Australia’s southern Flinders.
Farmers and agricultural scientists say they’re disappointed that neither major party has outlined a clear strategy for agricultural climate change adaptation in the 2016 election campaign.
Northern Victorian dairy farmer Daryl Hoey said farmers in his region have seen their water charges increase about 400 per cent in the past 15 years.
He said the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and its reduction in water available for irrigation is the crux of that problem, but it is not the only significant factor.
“It is also about long-term climate change impacts, that the amount of inflows that we’ve had into the dams has dramatically decreased,” he said