drought in eastern Australia has continued for
almost 12 months. There hasn't been enough rain.
For many months farmers haven't been able
to grow their crops. Food prices have gone up
in supermarkets around the country. Cauliflowers used to be $2.00
each, but now they have gone up to $8.00 each.
Even basic items like potatoes, carrots and peas have increased
economy has suffered. International trade figures
haven't been good. The drought has been
bad for farmers, for consumers and for business generally.
there has been good news in the last few days.
Rain has fallen over large parts of eastern Australia
and weather forecasters have predicted an end to
the drought. Farmers are feeling optimistic and businesses around
the country have new hope.