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Farmer says he reclaims waste land

(1973) Farmer says he reclaims waste land. The West Australian, 23 December 1973. [Publication] [Special Collections]


Article describing how a Brookton farmer, Mr. H.S. Whittington has developed a method of reclaiming salt-affected waste farm land.
Mr. Whittington, president of the coarse grains section of the Farmers' Union, a producer representative on the Grain Pool and chairman of the rural water and soil conservation committees, has had 30 years of experimenting and research to combat the salinity problem.
Mr. Whittington's method is based on interceptor contour banks trapping falling rain, preventing surface or sub-surface water flows to valleys where saline areas develop.
These views conflict with those of the Agriculture Department.
Mr. Clive Malcolm, the acting officer in charge of soil research and surveys at the Agriculture Department said the interceptor contour bank method was not recommended for general use.
Mr. Whittington said the improved productivity of his property under the system justified the cost.

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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: ©1975 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58206
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