New South Wales’ Waste Less Recycle More Organics Market Development Grants

$210k For Australian Recycled Organics Compost Market Development

Compost Australia MRA Consulting
© JR Richards - member of the Australian Organics Recycling Association

Sydney, Australia based waste industry consultants, MRA Consulting Group and Fertcare® have been awarded $210,000 funding under New South Wales’ Waste Less Recycle More Organics Market Development grants, to expand the market for compost in the state.

Fertcare is a joint initiative of Fertilizer Australia, a trade body representing agribusinesses, and the Australian Fertilizer Services Association (AFSA). Fertcare® provides training and accreditation for agronomists advising farmers and producers. MRA is one of Australia’s leading advisers on organics and compost.

MRA said that this project aims to develop a ‘one stop shop’ for farmers, sales staff and advisors in rural NSW relating to the productivity and environmental benefits of compost, as well as sales and supply.

The specific aims of this project are to:

1. increase the ability of agronomic services to provide advice and sales of compost products

2. improve links between agribusinesses and composters to increase on-going sales.

The consultants explained that the project will provide information and establish sales incentives (similar to those operating for fertilizers), for rural agents to promote compost sales. Companies such as Elders, Landmark and CRT will be engaged under the program.

As part of the scheme training for advisers will be delivered via workshops held in ten regions across NSW; North Coast, Northern Tablelands, Central Coast/Hunter, South East, North West, Central West, Central Tablelands, Riverina and Murray.

MRA added that the project aims to ensure that farmers who want to use compost to complement mineral fertilisers, can access it through traditional rural retail outlets.

“We believes that the project will expand the marketing and use of recycled organic products across NSW,” said Peter McLean, executive officer of the Australian Organics Recycling Association which is also supporting the project.

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