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Avon farmers waste money on salinity quackery says expert

(1984) Avon farmers waste money on salinity quackery says expert. Avon Express, 20 September 1984. pp. 1-6 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Farmers are wasting thousands of dollars on quackery methods of treating salt affected farmland according to a Western Australian soil expert. Steve West, an agricultural scientist and hydrologist told the Express that the Avon Valley is among the areas where massive wastage of money has taken place. He claimed that farmers were frequently spending tens of thousands of dollars on embankment systems that had no chance of working. Their only use was for channelling surface runoff water which often was not the cause of most farm's salinity problems. Among the methods slated by Mr West is the WISALTS system which he claims has developed almost a cult following. It is irrational and will only work in some cases. Mr West was previously with the Department of Agriculture until developing a soil consultancy business.

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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: ©1984 The Express
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58369
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