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Salt 'magic' warning from Agriculture Dept

(1978) Salt 'magic' warning from Agriculture Dept. Daily News, 18 May 1978. p. 12 [Publication] [Special Collections]


The Director of Agriculture in Western Australia, E.N. Fitzpatrick says that salt encroachment is one of the most complicated problems farmers faced and it was easy for them to be attracted to any new theory which promised a cure to the problem. Mr Fitzpatrick has come out strongly against what he says is 'black magic' cures for salt encroachment on properties. Brookton farmer Harry Whittington said the Department of Agriculture did not accept his theory that the cause of salt encroachment was a break down in soil make up rather than surface salt invading land. Mr Whittington said that the construction of contour banks to intercept salt flow had been successful and that the problem was not with the rising water table, as the Department of Agriculture told him. Mr Fitzpatrick said that it was a "pet theory of Mr Whittington's" but it is not a cure for all farmers.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1978 Daily News
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57453
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