Australia's most populous state entirely in drought

Australia's most populous state entirely in drought

Australia's most populous state entirely in drought

Figures from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) show every part of the state is affected by the dry conditions, according to ABC News. "There isn't a person in the state that isn't hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities", he said.

The Federal Government has announced immediate measures to provide thousands of farms with up to A$576m ($430m; £330m) in relief funding.

The drought, likely intensified by a dry winter, has made it extremely hard for many farmers in the region to feed and give water to livestock, as well as keep crops alive, according to the BBC.

"I know both farmers and our regional communities are under vast pressure right now but I hope these changes are one way the NSW Government can assist in reducing some of the burden of drought".

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It remains a legal requirement for individuals to obtain a licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to shoot kangaroos, however moving to an online system will take away the time-consuming task of having to pick up tags and then having to tag the animal in the paddock.

But Ray Borda, president of the Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia, which represents commercial shooters who hunt kangaroos for meat and leather, raised animal welfare concerns about the regulation changes.

"They are shooting their stock because they don't want them to suffer".

The government should have subsidised professional hunters to reduce kangaroo numbers more humanely, he said.

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The reason was water shortage in the region.

The dry weather is expected to last for at least another three months. Between 1996 and 2015, rainfalls for Australia's southeast fell by about 11 percent since records started being kept in 1900.

The current drought on the continent extends beyond North South Wales, with over half of the neighboring state of Queensland also in drought, the BBC reported.

New South Wales is suffering the worst drought in more than 50 years, with farmers among the hardest hit.

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