Downpours in Queensland may have sparked joy across the state but they’re cold comfort for farmers braced for another year without crops.
Significant rain has been recorded in the past two days. In the last 24 hours there have been falls of 63mm near Charleville, 53mm at Wamuran north of Brisbane and 63mm at Blackwater west of Rockhampton.
But AgForce’s Drought Working Group chair Mark Collins says the rain will provide little relief for primary producers and called for more state government support amid crippling drought.
“It’s terribly patchy,” Mr Collins told the ABC on Friday.
“It’s a start and we’re hopeful but it takes more than one fall to break a drought.”
More than 60 per cent of the state remains in drought.
Mr Collins wants the Queensland government to assist farmers by waiving land rent and vehicle registration costs, and provide rate relief.
He criticised the Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk for a lack of consultation with farmers.
“There are people out there who have had no income for two years and they’re staring down another year without a crop in the ground,” Mr Collins said.
“If it rains tomorrow it’s not going to make much difference. The time for summer planting is over.”