Sediment from agriculture has been identiﬁed as a signiﬁcant source of pollution impacting the Great Barrier Reef.
Annual rainfall is high 1.5m metres and sediment runoff is a common occurrence from exposed soil surfaces, such as pineapple plantations. The sediments can also contain agrichemicals (weed suppressants and fertilisers).
Agriculture has traditionally been largely unregulated in the Queensland area, however, as the focus has increased, growers are more actively looking for innovative solutions to aid in reducing their sediment runoff and impact on the Great Barrier Reef Catchment.
Vital Chemical was engaged to provide a cost-effective, practical solution which would minimise sediment loss while preserving the integrity of the pineapple ﬁelds, without compromising the growth and quality of the fruit.
Vital Bon-Matt P47 (VR1) and Vital Bon-Matt Stonewall were applied to the raised beds to minimise erosion and subsequent loss of sediment, nutrients and herbicides. Stabilisation utilising this method is only required for the ﬁrst 6 – 12 months following planting. As the plant grows, its foliage covers the bare soil reducing the need for erosion control.
The use of the Vital Bon-Matt range has produced noticeable beneﬁts to the growers, these not only include environmental beneﬁts but also monetary savings.
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