In a sign of how the Australian farming sector has been hit hard by the drought, a farmer in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne is facing a tough battle to survive.
The news that Andrew Jones, a 65-year-old farmer, was forced to shut down his greenhouse in April after a frosty winter prompted authorities to shut the whole property down was one of the biggest news stories of the summer.
“The news of the closure of the farm was the biggest shock of the year,” Mr Jones said.
“I was on the front lines in terms of saving my crop, and the last thing I want to do is have to do it all over again.”
Mr Jones said he lost his best crop to a fungus in his greenhouse.
“We had the biggest drought of the past five years, so we’ve been working really hard to get our crop back,” he said.
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