Green light for use of farm compost
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.”