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Table 1

Climatic events and impacts as perceived by farmers (n = 10)

Year of climatic eventNature of eventMain perceived impacts
1967 Drought (>6 months) Groundwater levels declined; shift to alternative crops and farming methods on many farms 
1987 Drought (>1 year) Poor groundwater levels – level often used as ‘benchmark’ for perceived issues 
1995 Drought (<6 months) Groundwater levels declined 
2000 Flood (<3 months) Loss of crops and transportation issues (road damage); significant recharge event 
2015 Low rainfall (>6 months) Expected to impact farming outputs negatively 
Year of climatic eventNature of eventMain perceived impacts
1967 Drought (>6 months) Groundwater levels declined; shift to alternative crops and farming methods on many farms 
1987 Drought (>1 year) Poor groundwater levels – level often used as ‘benchmark’ for perceived issues 
1995 Drought (<6 months) Groundwater levels declined 
2000 Flood (<3 months) Loss of crops and transportation issues (road damage); significant recharge event 
2015 Low rainfall (>6 months) Expected to impact farming outputs negatively 
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