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Greater Sydney compost trial bears fruit

Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair visited the Greater Sydney Local Land Services demonstration farm this week to inspect the progress of an innovative new compost trial.

Funded through the NSW Environment Protection Authority under its Waste Less Recycle More  Organics Market Development Grant Program, the $460,000 Next Generation Compost project aims to unlock the potential for recycled organics in horticulture.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services General Manager David Hogan said it was a pleasure to  host Minister Blair and local member and Finance Minister Dominic Perrottet and showcase our latest project being rolled out to support growers in the Sydney basin.

“For the first time we were able to show the Minister the work we are doing at our demonstration  farm to promote smart, sustainable farming practices that aim to produce better results and yields for growers,” he said.

“The Next Generation initiative is being run in partnership with NSW Farmers and the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney and is just the latest in a long line of projects planned as we strive to work with other industry stakeholders and position the  farm as a centre of excellence for agriculture in NSW.”

Mr Hogan said it was hoped the compost trial would encourage real practice change by showcasing the benefits of routinely returning organics to soil on Sydney farms rather than sending it to landfill.

“NSW has a $1 billion horticulture industry and the Sydney region is home to a third of all veggies grown throughout the state and we are working to support this important industry and provide it with new opportunities,” he said.

During his visit Minister Blair was joined by Land Services Chair Tim de Mestre and NSW Farmers to view the crop which contains a variety of compost and non-compost soil mixes.

“We have also engaged two Sydney vegie growers who have agreed to conduct similar trials on their farms and help promote the use of compost to fellow producers,” Mr Hogan said.

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