New South Wales' bill following the recent disastrous floods could hit $10 million or more, says the NSW Farmers Association.
The Association estimated that this figure is likely to rise once farmers are able to get out to their paddocks and assess the damage, the Australian reports, with macadamias, bananas, cane and soya beans particularly vulnerable to water damage. It's also expected that significant damage will be to roads, farm infrastructure and houses.
It's worse up north, with losses of $250 million expected at Gayndah, which produces more than half of the country's mandarins and lemons. At least thee locals lost their entire crops, and others are seriously damaged.
Alf Lock is a cane farmer in northern NSW's Ballina, and told the Australian, "This would have to be the worst period in the industry's history.
"The next week for anyone with water in the crop will be critical … There are a number of hot days forecast and when there's a bit of water on the ground, it heats up and just cooks the younger plants — it destroys them completely."