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Barr Ellison Solicitors – commercial property
20 June, 2006 - 18:06 By Staff Reporter

EU farmers adopt MK firm’s natural products solution

A natural products company near Milton Keynes is at the heart of a ‘green’ agribusiness revolution in Europe.

A natural products company near Milton Keynes is at the heart of a ‘green’ agribusiness revolution in Europe.

Swift Nature has persuaded a number of food producers across the UK to start trials with its Plocher range of EU-certified organic products, which improve soil quality and help the decomposition of compost, slurry and manure, reducing farmyard odours.

Charlotte Wilson set up Swift Nature a year ago after being invited by German firm Plocher EnergieSystem to be main UK distributor for the ecological, chemical-free products

She has already managed to arrange trials on 100 hectares of cereals, 200 of potatoes, 100 of strawberries and 100 of other crops including grassland, sugarbeet and vegetables. She also has trials currently ongoing in pig and poultry rearing.

The reputation of the products to be able to improve problems associated with manure and slurry and turn these problems into increased crop yield and quality, and reduce disease has also persuaded experts at Newcastle University to put Plocher products to the test.

A couple who run a nursery are also interested in trialing the products, which are relatively cheap as they claim to reduce the use of pesticides and fertilisers by 30 per cent in the first year and as much as 50 per cent in the second year as soil quality improves.

Many farmers and growers using Plocher products outside the UK have almost completely stopped using artificial fertilisers, pesticides and fungicides.

 

 

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