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Report warns of permanent drought for Wheatbelt

Monday June 17, 2013 - 13:42 EST

A report by the Climate Commission has warned the Wheatbelt is at risk of permanent drought.

The Commission's annual update on climate change indicates the south west of Western Australia will continue to dry rapidly unless green house gas emissions are cut.

The report says the decline in rainfall in WA's Wheatbelt is bigger than reductions in any other wheat growing region in Australia.

Yilgarn shire president Romolo Patroni says it is a challenging time and some Wheatbelt farmers are trying to sell up.

"There's a lot of farmers that are willing to get out and it's a matter of finding a willing buyer and they don't seem to be plentiful at this time," he said.


- ABC

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