New figures showing long term low soil moisture in New South Wales have indicated the urgent need for better soil management across the state.

Australia’s National Advocate for Healthy Soils, Major General Michael Jeffery, said the Soils for Life case histories show that good soil management can reduce the loss of approximately 50% of all rainwater.

“Our scarce rainfall resource appears to have been wastefully evaporating or running off because it cannot penetrate the soil and thus be retained in it – in large part due to carbon loss”, General Jeffery said.

“Figures from the Bureau of Meteorology released this week show that the drop in soil moisture levels show no signs of abating, and are at their lowest ever in some areas of the state”.

“The worrying lack of rain obviously plays a part. However, our 21 case histories have shown that careful and long term regenerative land practices have the capacity to significantly retain any rainfall”.

What happens to water when it falls on the landscape as rain has to be managed in such a way that every drop is utilised to the maximum advantage, through maximising its capacity to hydrate the soil, to replenish relevant aquifers or when saved through capture from rooftops, roads and storm water drains, or recycled from waste”.

“To achieve this, healthy soils are essential”.

“Our case studies (http://www.soilsforlife.org.au/regenerative-agriculture-case-studies) reveal outstanding results for farmers practicing common sense regenerative practices and improved water management”.

“Soils for Life is currently rolling out a proven farmer mentoring program in Western New South Wales. With appropriate funding we aim to expand to 100 sites within the next three years”, General Jeffery said.

For more information, contact: Niree Creed, Media, Soils for Life: 0418625595


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