After last week’s floods a local wit quipped, ah well, we must be a day nearer the next drought.
It’s difficult to remember parched paddocks when yours are sodden, or worse as they are for some, still flooded.
But while we live in a pluvial country the pluviality doesn’t always come at the right time and the right places.
Sooner or later, drought will be causing water woes for farmers again in those places which don’t have the insurance of irrigation.
In other parts of the world, the problem isn’t just the lack or rain, it’s lack of infrastructure and I can’t avoid the temptation to ask: if it was men’s job to get the water would wells, pumps and pipes be a bigger priority?