In the UK, the government has introduced an ‘off-the-shelf’ technology that will be used to reduce the impact of soil erosion.
The technology involves cutting away the soil, leaving behind a thin layer of soil to act as a buffer.
But it is not yet available in Australia.
What does this technology actually do?
The ‘no soil till’ rule aims to limit the amount of erosion that will occur on agricultural land, reducing the amount that can be carried away by soil erosion, by preventing soil erosion by removing dead or dying plant and animal life.
The no-tills policy is being introduced by the Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture (DA).
It aims to reduce soil erosion in a variety of areas including agriculture, industry, parks, water and soil management.
It aims for the system to be rolled out across the country by 2020.
Under the ‘off the shelf’ technology, the soil is cut away and then the cut ends are glued onto a thin plastic film.
It is then placed in an aerated container and placed on a conveyor belt, which is then transported to the plant nursery, where the cut is filled with water and then left on the plant.
As a result, soil erosion on the farm can be reduced by an average of 75 per cent.
The new ‘no cut’ technology has been developed by the Department of Health’s Department for Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (DAFRA).
It has been applied in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
In Victoria, the ‘No Cut’ policy was introduced by Minister for Agriculture Mark Bailey in 2014.
It will be implemented in Victoria by 2020The Department of Science and Technology and the Environment Australia are also working on the ‘NO cut’ system in Victoria, which was announced in September this year.
The Department has announced it will begin pilot trials of ‘NO Cut’ in the state in 2017.
Under the new policy, farmers will be able to apply to the DAFRA for a certificate of no cut.
The policy states: “The Department will establish a pilot trial of NO Cut to evaluate the potential for reducing soil erosion and soil contamination by using this technology to reduce erosion and contamination in some agricultural land.”
According to the Department, the pilot trials will be conducted in the South East of Victoria, North Queensland, Central Queensland and New South Cornwall.
It is not clear how many farms will be eligible to apply for the certificate of NO cut.
Currently, the policy states that only those areas where there is a clear need to use the technology for the conservation of soils and vegetation will be considered for the policy.
In terms of the impact on farmers, the Department has previously stated that: “the NO cut technology can reduce soil contamination and erosion by at least 75 per cwt/acre by cutting away dead plant and animals life.”
This means that a farm with 100 hectares would need to remove 50 kilograms of dead plant material.
The average land loss is 10 kilograms.
Farmers are also not required to apply.
The Department says the pilot testing of NO-cut technology in Victoria will continue until 2021, but that further trials may be needed to assess the impact.
This story originally appeared on Medical News Daily.