Since September 2009, growers from various industries across the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment (watershed) in New South Wales (NSW) have been opening their gates for deliveries of compost and mulch as part of the Nutrient Smart Farms project. The project is a joint initiative between Industry and Investment NSW and the Hawkesbury-Nepean Catchment Management Authority. It is one of seven within the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program, funded by the Australian government through its Water for the Future program. One aim of Nutrient Smart Farms is to improve water quality by reducing nutrient runoff from rural agricultural land. The target is to reduce the export of nitrogen by 27 metric tons/year and phosphorous by 6 metric tons/year. Education is a significant part of this project. For compost to be used as a regular input to agriculture, confidence needed to develop among farmers and the compost suppliers as far as the use of compost for agricultural application and the quality of compost available.
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