Friday, 2 May 2008

New figures reveal farming family exodus

Forced off: The drought has wreaked havoc with farming families (Get Images)

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show more than 10,500 farming families have been forced off the land during the drought.

The figures, show there has been a 10 per cent drop in the number of farming families during the drought.

In the five-year period between 2001 and 2006, 10,636 families sold up or found other work.

It was a big increase from the previous Census period, when 2,500 families stopped farming.

The figures underscore the drought's deep impact on rural Australia and bring the long-term fall in the number of farming families to 30 per cent during the past 20 years.

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