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Heir to British throne offers support to drought-hit Aussie farmers

Last update: 12/10/2018
CANBERRA, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The heir to the British throne has written to Australian farmers struggling through a severe drought to offer his support, local media reported on Friday.

Charles, Prince of Wales and the eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II, wrote the letters of support to sheep farmers nationwide, reported Xinhua news agency.

"I have been greatly saddened to witness one of Australian Merino's most successful seasons in recent years being marred by, perhaps, the worst drought on record in the wool growing regions of New South Wales and in parts of Victoria, Queensland and South Australia," he wrote.

"As a sheep farmer myself, I cannot begin to imagine the anguish that those of you who have been affected by this climatic tragedy must be facing."

Record-low rainfall and above-average temperatures have left farmers praying for rain as they struggle with a drought that some experts have said was the most severe in the continent's history.

Tim Paulet, a sheep farmer from eastern Victoria who was one of the recipients of the letters, said it was a pleasant surprise.....


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