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‘Slurry Bugs’ revolutionise sustainable farming practices

With a passion for bacteria and sustainable farming, Liz Russell, managing director of Envirosystems UK, will speak about new ways of reusing farm effluents, at the world’s most important Agricultural Biotech meeting,  ABIC 2012 on Sept 2- 6, in Rotorua next month.

‘Adapting to a Changing World’ is the theme for ABIC 2012 and the conference will look at how agricultural biotechnology can be applied to global issues such as environmental, social and economic change. Keynote speakers include leaders of some of the most influential companies in the world from the fields of energy, health, biotechnology, food and nutrition.

Liz Russell has worked in the Dairy Farming industry as a nutritionist for over 30 years and has a passion for using bacteria to enhance efficiency of nutrient retention in both slurry and silage.  Liz said, “With all the challenges that world farming has to face, Slurry Bugs allow farmers to have sustainable farming practices and alleviate the need for expensive chemical fertilisers.” 

The SlurryBug concept is widely used in the UK where it is achieving at least 66% saving of fertiliser costs in the first year of use.  Although SlurryBugs are registered with the Organic farmers & Growers Association in the UK, Liz says, “It is an organic product which is just as relevant to an organic and non organic farmer.”

SlurryBugs is a combination of soil born friendly bacteria and natural enzymes.  Treatment of liquid slurry enables today’s progressive dairy industry to achieve the same organic nutrient benefits that previous generations of dairy farmers and pig farmers could do with FYM.  Significantly less bought in chemical fertiliser is needed and increased humus, worms and soil organisms are achieved.  This leads to higher crops yields which contain improved mineral content and sugars and the land being more resistant to drought and water runoff.

Paul Tuckley, of UK Trade& Investment said, “Over the next 25 years the world will have to double its production of food to meet the requirements of a growing population. To meet these challenges food producers need access to a range of tools to maximize food output from existing land whilst ensuring that the natural environment is protected, conserved and enhanced.” 

“Both New Zealand and the United Kingdom are seen as being at the forefront of agricultural biotechnology not only in the field of food security and production but also wider applications in human health, fuels and industrial biotechnology applications.”     

ABIC is expected to attract up to 400 internationally represented delegates and over 60 experts.

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