Green light for use of farm com­post

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Column -

QUEENS­LAND farm­ers can con­tinue us­ing com­posts and other or­ganic prod­ucts on farm, fol­low­ing con­tin­ued ad­vo­cacy by the Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion (QFF) and in­dus­try mem­bers.

Af­ter a three-year re­view of the reg­u­lated waste clas­si­fi­ca­tion and the waste-re­lated En­vi­ron­men­tally Rel­e­vant Ac­tiv­ity frame­works, the Depart­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Sci­ence spec­i­fied a clear ex­emp­tion for on-farm com­post­ing within the waste man­age­ment li­cens­ing frame­work.

QFF pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage said farm­ers recog­nised the need to im­prove soil struc­ture.

“While many farm­ers have amended their soils and im­proved soil qual­ity through the ap­pli­ca­tion of their own man­u­fac­tured com­posts, the sec­tor has never had a clear ex­emp­tion for this com­mon-sense ac­tiv­ity,” Mr Ar­mitage said.

“Com­posts and other or­ganic prod­ucts can as­sist soils to re­tain mois­ture, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing pro­longed dry pe­ri­ods, and pro­vide cru­cial, slow-re­lease nu­tri­ents to crops that can lead to long-term yield and on-farm pro­duc­tiv­ity in­creases.”

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