By now, everyone should be aware of the heartbreaking drought that has been devastating our Australian farmers and crippling the industry. The worst drought in 100 years is upon us. Sadly the tough times for farmers also have a domino effect on businesses in the community.
The daily struggles of such strong farmers are very real. How does one motivate and stay focused when their livelihood for now and future years, has become non-existent?
We see photos of hungry stock, parched farmland and stressed farmers around us in newspapers, magazines, television and social media. The farmer lives it every day, but still puts on a brave face. Courageously, they have been here before. They have a Drought Management Plan that they have implemented… but for how long will it last. Farming is a gamble that unfortunately relies heavily on the weather, markets and politics.
Wrongfully, droughts are not seen as a natural disaster any more, yet the effect is the same upon the farmer, as like any other disaster. The recovery from drought takes several years and sadly due to large farm debt, some farmers will not recover.
Thankfully we also see the many drought appeals bring assistance and help to farmers. The drought support from the community is what is really getting the farmers through it all. The compassion and thoughtfulness displayed, is a reminder to the farmer, that their every day job is important to the wider community.
Financial stress is on overload and the future is uncertain. Mental health is becoming a large battle. But the support is all around us. It is knowing that someone else cares. The entire community is adapting to the changes that drought brings.
Community spirit and generosity that’s typically Australian has emerged during this prolonged drought crisis. Many community groups, businesses and individuals have rallied behind our farmers in this time of need. To see school children collecting donated groceries and sending heartfelt messages, even the tough farmer will shed a tear.
We are a wonderful nation and every community member should be congratulated for the support they are providing. When farmers win… everybody will win.
Take care, Karen.
“Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit,
wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
~ Miles Kington