Coastal farmers working through their ‘green drought’ struggles

Updated August 23, 2018 15:39:30

Photo: Pasture is still surviving on coastal farms, but a lot has been affected by strong frosts. (ABC Coffs Coast: Melissa Martin) Related Story: ‘We are bloody short’: Victorian farmers battling through ‘green drought’

While much of the focus on the impacts of drought is on inland areas, farmers on the north coast of NSW are starting to see the impact of the extended dry.

Cracked earth, farms turned to dust bowls, and emaciated livestock have become commonplace images associated with the drought.

NSW North Coast under drought: In drought 7 per cent Drought affected 92 per cent Recovering 1 per cent

Source: DPI Combined Drought Indicator

However, for farmers in coastal areas — where there are some areas of green left — the toll of the drought is not always as clear.

Coffs Harbour produce farmer Paul Shoker said the seemingly green landscape on the coast could be deceptive.