Farmers across Ripon are starting to look to the skies as an extended dry period leads to reduced yields and crop failures.
The northern areas of Ripon including the towns of Charlton, St Arnaud and Donald have recorded only 169.6mm of rain this year to October compared to the average of 303.6mm.
This year's climatic conditions have severely impacted farmers in Ripon, and with no sustained rain in sight farmers are in for a long summer.
Many farmers are already cutting what would have been highly valuable canola crops for hay in an attempt to break even due to the lack of rain, and hard frosts.
Member for Ripon Louise Staley has visited a number of affected farmers and has been struck by both the lack of rain, but also the resilience of the farmers affected.
“The lack of decent rainfall is really impacting farmers; together with some hard winter frosts Ripon farmers are doing an incredible job against the odds,
“We really need to make sure that the State Government is listening to what farmers on the land are saying, and that any drought relief is fast and efficient.”
“Daniel Andrews and his city-centric Labor Government are blind and deaf when it comes to country people, rather than spending money on pie in the sky ideas in Melbourne they should be focused on the needs of local farmers, and rural communities.”