Farming Today Is Still a Risky Business
Farming and today drought in Australia
Australia farming and their present problems
Welcome to our article (86) Farming is still a risky business
Dear readers, I am writing these articles about farming, because what is happening today in Australia brings back my life-time memories, which are two folds: one is that farming is a risky business, because the nature of farming is risky, since the weather and other things influence the outcome, as we can see from this drought that today is crippling the Australian farmers; the other is about how the government fails to help the farmers even today, when help is urgently needed.
I must say that it is like when I was young, the Italian government wanted only to collect the land tax from us farmers, just because we owned some land, even when the land did not produce anything; they still wanted the land tax.
Anyhow, I would like to have my say and compare what is happening now in Australia, to my own life experience, you know, we old people will always go back and compare present happenings to the past and then have our say, therefore, let me tell you part of my life story and compare the past with the present.
When I was young, I have been working in our family farm in Southern Italy for twelve years, I gave up farming because we worked hard but made very little money. During the time that I was working in the farm, I remember two very bad years for us famers; one of this was in 1951 when we had a drought and the wheat and other crops completely failed. We harvested what we could, but there was no much in it; the second time was in 1960, this time was too much rain, we again harvested what we could with the same result, we made about twice as much as the seeds we used for sowing, now that is bad because a good harvest is ten times plus what you sow, at least that is what we believed then. Anyhow, also the farm animals did not do well, because there wasn’t enough good food to go around; so, these events made me think to give up farming, since it is too risky, and you work for next to nothing.
But not all farms are the same, so, let me explain, some people that had more land than us, so, they were better off that us, made enough money to keep going, but I could not do that because my family didn’t own enough land, so, I had to find another way to earn a living. For this reason, I migrated to Australia hoping for the best. In Australia I switched job and instead of farming, I worked in the building industry; but in the back of my mind, I always thought about the farmers and their risky business.
Anyhow, most people in Australia were and are thinking that farmers are rich people; well, some of them are rich and some are not so rich, when everything goes well, it is okay, but they are still running a risky business, and their business can lose money easily.
Now, I must tell you this. The worst part of running a business and losing money; it is when people think you are rich, and therefore, nobody cares about you, even if you are starving. As it happens, farmers are at the top of this disadvantaged list, because farming is very risky; you see, most time it depends from the weather, but the farmers have no control over the weather, then, they own a lot of land, (they might even be paying tax because they own this land, (like we did in Italy in the fifties) but I don’t know much about this issue); now, let me go back to the farmers. The farmers are self-employed, so, they don’t qualify for help from the government, because they are self-employed and because of the assets test. I believe that the assets test should not apply in special cases, if you cannot make any money even if you work hard to earn it, the assets test should not apply. I believe, that this is what is wrong with the assets test today, they don’t take into account if you can make money, from what you have? And how much money you can make from your assets? We are going to say something about the assets test later, where we will be talking also about the assets test for rental property owners. To do all this, we are going to write several articles, so, we invite you to follow us, at least you will know our views.
Now let me go back to the farmers issues, because life problems never come alone.
Life problems never come alone
Anyhow, today I am writing about what is happening in Australia to farming people, because there is this drought problem and is very bad. So, the farmers need outside help, it is just too much for some of them to keep going the way it is. I believe that they are not being looked after from the government the way they should, because they could do more to help them. Of course, the government find excuses, because there are other people that the government could and should help, but as it happens, life problems never come alone, so, trouble bring in other troubles, even when they don’t belong to the original trouble.
Anyhow, what I am trying to say here is that the federal government is the one that should help the farmers, but today they have their own political problems, so, instead of trying to solve the farmers problem, and many other problems that we have, the politicians fight each other, they want to elect a new Prime Minister, believing that it is the fault of the PM the reason that people are leaving their coalition party; they don’t see that it is the party policies that people don’t like, and one of this I believe it is the assets test that we are going to talk about in these articles. I believe that changing their leader is not going to solve their political problem, unless those people that will be in charge, change some of their policies. But that is not all, because also, what I am trying to say here is what, senator Richard Di Natale, is talking about in this video, click the link to view.
OMG finally somebody is telling the truth. Wake up Australian politicians and think about the people that have voted for you first, it is your duty. Now, let us hope that this political problem is solved quickly, so that the politician can go back to work and try to solve the farmers problem first, then solve the other problems that we are talking about in this article. Anyhow, let me go back to talk about the farmers problem, since the farmer are neglected from the government.
Farmers are neglected from the government
Farming today is a lot easier than it used to be, the proof of how the farmer help everybody is written in this article, Farming today compared to the old way, we wrote this article some time ago, and it explain the benefit that modern farming brings to the people, so, check it out.
Now, as we have said at the beginning of this article, today farming is still a risky business, when it should not be that risky. You see, we need the government to intervene and make laws that help the farmers when they need help. After all, it is the farmers that feed the people of Australia, because all the food is grown in the farms; so, it is necessary that the farmers are kept farming and continue to feed the entire population, if that cannot be done, then one day we may all be at risk of starving. Well, not really starving, but food could cost a lot more. So, let me explain how I see this farming situation today.
Australia is a vast country, but at the same time it is the driest continent on earth, for this reason the Australian farmers must be organized in a way that they can survive, when a dry spell happens like it is happening right now. They cannot copy anybody else to solve their farming problems, when there is a drought or something else that affects farming, because nobody else has got a problem as large as Australia, so, we in Australia must be the first in the world to find a possible solution. Wake up Australia!
I believe that the Australian government must make laws, which will help the farmers survive and be able to bring their farm back to produce whatever they produce, when the drought is over. Now, here we are talking about the drought, but it should apply to other things as well, because farming has too many ups and downs, so, they need to be organized in such a way that when things go the wrong way, like the drought they are experiencing now; this new future set up that we are suggesting, will keep hardship to a minimum.
At this point of time one may ask, what can the government do? So, let us think what can be done, then make some suggestions.
The Australian Parliament House in Canberra
What can we suggest for helping farmers?
Today the most important thing that the farmers must do is think how they can survive the drought, or anything else that puts their livelihood at risk. Here we must admit that most of the farmers are already good at doing that, because farmers are practical people, but that may not be enough, to save all of them, as we can see from what is happening today. Therefore, we must think about another solution. Here we may suggest that an organization that collect things from the farmers, when farming is doing well must be created, this is where the government could step in, by setting up a collective organization, which for instance collect every year a portion of the farms produce, or even some money when they are doing well, before taxing them to collect their tax. Then this government organization, will keep this tax-free reserve of food and money in reserve; which then, it can be freely distributed, when it becomes necessary to help those farmers in need.
Well this is a very rough and short suggestion that we have written here. But this thing is not even new; we are all familiar with the story in the Bible, when the Pharaoh of Egypt dreamed about the seven fat cows that then were devoured by the seven skinny cows. Joseph interpreted the dream that in the land of Egypt, there were going to be seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine. The Pharaoh got Joseph to organize a collection in the years of plenty, to be distributed on the years of famine, and thus Egypt survived the years of famine.
What happened in Egypt was a long time ago, and the earth seasons then were more regular than today, because they did not have global warming to deal with, this global warming is an extra problem that we have created ourselves, so, today and in the future we must create things that can overcome this global warming problem; we must also be more careful what we do next time; perhaps we should create some social security for everyone. Now, let us return to talk about our present farming and other problems that we are having presently.
Australia is having problems
Anyhow, today what we would like to see done from the government cannot happen; because of what has happened in Canberra recently; since the federal government has had political problems; so, on the 24 of August 2018 they have replaced the Prime Minister; now the new PM. is Scott Morison, but he needs still to choose the other ministers and then swear them in, before they can talk about anything else. So, there is no hope that anything can be done about the farmers problem right away. Anyhow, we can say here that today Australia is still the lucky country, because there are people that donate things, when people are in need; so, the farmer get some help that way. Thanks God for that!
Anyhow, meanwhile the farmers are praying for rain and praying that the people in Canberra will remember them, and then, do something about helping the farmers. Because, farming is a risky business even today, when things are easier to organize, for this reason, we need to look at the Australian system to see who is responsible and what could be done. Anyhow, we hope that something is done soon, from the authority in charge.
I think I have said enough in this article, see you in our next article, where we will discuss a bit more about the Australian social security system that today is failing the farmers, but not only the farmers, because there are a lot of other people that can be served better. We believe that Australia can do better, if we can organize our resource better, we need a better way to balance our resource. Balancing the act issue belongs to the federal government, but the federal government are having problems in Canberra these days, we hope they can be solved quickly, so that they can return to serve the country. Anyhow, knowing about these problems, we are writing a few articles, hoping we can suggest something useful, to those people that will run the country. So, we are going to talk about the Australian social security system and the people that run it, the government and the political parties, what we believe could be done to make Australia better.
Other links from same author
- Farming Today Compared to the Old Way
We have achieved a lot in agriculture in the last hundred years; so, let us compare how hard it was to harvest wheat or any other cereals the old ways to today ways by using these wonderful machines.
- Rats Are Destructive Creatures
Talking about rats and their destructive behaviour, when they are allowed to come in our house. I believe that we should be on guard all the time and try to find ways how to stop them, if we can.
- An Old Man Life Story
Let any old man do his life duty by Writing An Autobiography about his own life and what he has learned from it, so that humanity may learn from what he has learned during his life.
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