The current drought in Australia has led farmers to rely on regenerative agriculture to weather its impact while making a profit at the same time.
This trend could likely become a norm especially in the eastern coast, where farms from Queensland to South Australia suffer the effects of a hotter climate. Based on a recent U.S. study, regenerative farming could yield 78% more profits than farms with conventional practices.
Nature of Regeneration
The concept of regenerative agriculture mainly involves a major focus on soil replenishment, not using chemicals and industrial fertilisers. It also requires farmers to follow a grazing system used in Africa, where bigger livestock herds graze on smaller pens. This results in better soil health and contributes to fewer carbon emissions by storing greenhouse gas underneath the ground.
Farms should also consider investing in poly diesel tanks for refuelling equipment. Energy efficiency has become an important subject as well for sustainable farming, given the current scenario on climate change.
State governments and private groups in Australia have provided financial assistance to farmers for keeping their business afloat during drought. However, some economists argue that drought assistance could negatively affect farmers’ abilities to cope with climate change over the long term.
Media representation has also influenced the need for private citizens to take action and help farmers across the country, but it could be detrimental to Australia’s status as a food producer. The country is known for its high-quality produce from livestock to vegetables, but the current media coverage could somehow affect the country’s reputation.
Regenerative agriculture shouldn’t be exclusively focused on soil health and biodiversity. Farmers should be wiser in dealing with the negative impact of the current dry spell, and this includes the efficient use of energy for refuelling trucks and other heavy-duty farming equipment.