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A wet look at a dry problem

Zekulich, M. (1984) A wet look at a dry problem. The West Australian, 21 May 1984. p. 11 [Publication] [Special Collections]


A week-long seminar was sponsored by the Australian Development Assistance Bureau, the overseas wing of the Department of Foreign Affairs, "Forage and Fuel Production From Salt-affected Wasteland" attracted 80 delegates, including 50 from overseas. Western Australia has an estimated 300,000 hectares of salt-affected land in agricultural areas with an increase of about 25,000 hectares per year. In recent times there has been controversy about scientific recommendations for control, and the interceptor bank system developed by Harry Whittington, a Brookton farmer. Dr J.R. Goodin and Dr C.H. Herbel, both scientists from the U.S. said that Western Australia was the best place to come for studies of this kind. Dr B. Sissay of Ethiopia said 194,000 square kilometres of his country was considered wasteland. Clive Malcolm, the organising chairman, said very little was being done to make salt lands productive, around the world.

This article contains an image by Brendan Read of El Sideeg, of the National Energy Administration of Sudan walking in a paddock at Cunderdin with plastic rubbish bags over his feet and legs to protect his footwear and clothing from the muddy conditions.

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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 West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/58689
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