11 September 1998

Compost use faces barriers

FARMERS know little about the benefits of compost, where to get it or how to use it.

And unless it produces a substantial and immediate increase in crop yield and/or a reduction in input costs they are unlikely to pay for it.

Those are two of the barriers preventing increased use of compost derived from waste materials, says a group set up under the DETR last year to identify the problems of marketing such materials.

But the main obstacle to more widespread use of compost is the generally negative perception of it as a product, according to the Composting Development Group.

Among the CDGs 32 recommendations in a 37-page report are the introduction of standards and the early creation of a certification body by the industry to oversee them. &#42