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Tough nut to crack: the almond boom and its drain on the Murray-Darling25 May 6:13pm

Tough nut to crack: the almond boom and its drain on the Murray-Darling

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Demand for the thirsty crop has created a gold rush but irrigators and growers fear there might not be enough water Neale Bennett, an almond grower in Mildura, ripped out his sultana grapes and dried fruit crop and began planting almonds in the 1990s. He’s ridden the wave of increased global demand for almond milk, almond meal and, well, just almonds. Rising prices for the sweet brown nuts, mechanised equipment to harvest them and the ability to trade water up and down the Murray to water the thirsty trees have created a kind of agricultural gold rush along the waterway.
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