30 Aug '17, 10pm

Migrants to the rescue of Australian small towns

Migrants to the rescue of Australian small towns

On a small patch of land in the farming region of Sunraysia, in south-east Australia - an area known for its grapes and oranges - stands an unfamiliar crop being grown by a somewhat unlikely group of farmers. The less than one hectare field of maize is being grown by migrants who moved to Australia from the landlocked country of Burundi, in central Africa. Mainly refugees, they are farming on land donated by a local community group in the regional city of Mildura. Farmers have welcomed the effort to make use of "dead land" ravaged by drought. "It gives us a sense of belonging," a Burundi migrant, Mr John Niyera, told ABC's Landline programme earlier this year. "We are producing, and sharing our knowledge." Such encounters - between new arrivals and local farming communities - are becoming increasingly common in Australia. Get The Straits Times newsletters in your inbox Sig...

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