Affected by the El Niño climate, Australian agricultural production will decline
"Chinatown"-Official media of Chinese Australians
Due to the impact of El Niño on Australia and the drying up of farmland, Australia lowered its production forecast for wheat, cotton and other agricultural commodities in the 2015-16 fiscal year.
Meteorologists warned that the current El Niño phenomenon is the second time in five years and will continue until the end of this year.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology's Climate Prediction Service Manager Andrew Watkins said: "We will see that the El Niño will not end until at least December (this year) or January (next year)."
The livestock industry has also been hit hard. Because the El Niño climate turns the main pasture into arid wasteland, breeders cannot find sufficient food or water for their livestock, so their slaughter of cattle and sheep has reached the lowest level in history, which has reduced the size of the country’s herd to nearly 20 years The smallest.
According to data released by ABARES, this has pushed the export volume of Australian beef and veal to 6 million tons in the year ended June 30.
Cattle farmers hope that the prediction of the end of the El Niño phenomenon by the end of the year will allow them to replenish the national herd in early 2016, reducing exports in the process.
ABARES Chief Commodity Analyst Jammie Penm said, “If normal seasonal conditions resume in the first half of 2016, we expect herd reconstruction activities to be very strong, as the high slaughter rate will reduce the number of herds.”
ABARES predicts that Australian beef and veal will fall by 2016% year-on-year in the first half of 10 due to reduced supplies, and a similar decline in livestock slaughter across the country.
News compiled from "ABC News"
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