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South East Asia drought hitting farmers and commodity prices

6 March 2014 Last updated at 04:35 GMT

A big drought is hitting large parts of South East Asia hard.

February was Singapore's driest month in more than 140 years, while in neighbouring Malaysia, residents in the capital are rationing water after a two-month dry spell.

Forest fires have broken out in Indonesia's Riau province.

Also feeling the impact are farmers in Australia's eastern states of New South Wales and Queensland, as well as those in north-west Sri Lanka.

So what's the knock-on effect of this unusually dry season in this part of the world?

John Baker from First Agricultural Holdings tells Rico Hizon how the current weather is hitting farmers and commodity prices across the region.

Watch more reports on Asia Business Report's website.

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