An ongoing project to develop and release a specialised fertilising solution for the Australian climate has received a huge boost forward after receiving a $120,000 grant from the NSW Government's Regional Job Creation Fund.
Local business Converte has been developing a slow-release fertiliser pellet, designed specifically for Australian soils.
John Ridley, the managing director for Converte, said that the pellet would be addressing future problems as well as current ones.
"They're quite unique pellets that recharge the soil, they're good for drought resilience. They'll be good for landowners in the Riverina especially," he said.
"You just have to start building in protections as best you can, build the healthier plant."
The grant comes with the stipulation that Converte must higher at least six new people over the project's lifetime, but they're already looking at bringing in three new staff to help with development.
Converte is currently looking for an agronomist, a business manager and a production assistant.
Wes Fang, the duty MLC for Murray said that he had high hopes for the development.
"Converte's innovative product will be a game changer for our farmers as it is designed to deliver slow release nutrients and water that will help the soil retain moisture over a longer period, which is ideal for most Australian conditions," Mr Fang said.
"These pellets will also be used in research partnership programs with the University of Western Sydney, delivering best practice solutions for our farmers working in broadacre, pasture, viticulture and horticulture environments."
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