Cracks are a common sight in rural areas across South Australia, with thousands of hectares of the state’s northern edge covered in rust.
The rust is a result of the soil being stripped of nutrients by logging.
It also affects the surrounding soil, with the result that the area is vulnerable to water erosion.
Now the state government has proposed the removal of all the rust from these areas and instead allow local farmers to grow the soil around them, by growing a “crack” on top of the local soil.
The proposal was unveiled at a public meeting last month, and has been accepted by the State Government.
It has been recommended by a local farmer.
“What we’ve seen in the last 10 years in terms of the growth of the crop is that people are just not getting a crack,” resident Tom Hodge said.
‘Crack is a big problem’ The state government said that it wanted to reduce the amount of rust that remained on the land. “
The land is really in a poor state and we’ve got to get it right.”
‘Crack is a big problem’ The state government said that it wanted to reduce the amount of rust that remained on the land.
The new proposal is the first step towards the government introducing a “carpet” regime, which will allow farmers to remove the rust and use the dirt instead of fertiliser.
The state’s agricultural policy will also now be put under a new name, “rust and dirt”.
“It will be a carpet that’s been laid down over the rust-covered soil,” Environment Minister Paul Pisasale said.
“It will allow us to create more opportunities for local growers to grow their own crops and we’ll be providing them with more affordable access to the land.”
Cracks and rust have long been a problem in rural communities.
Cracks were first noticed in the early 1900s and are caused by soil erosion and soil pollution.
They were first identified in the 1920s and 1930s, and in recent years have been a major issue.
“A lot of the people in the community, they just don’t want to deal with it,” farmer Tom Hoyle said.
While the idea of removing rust and allowing local farmers produce the soil would allow farmers the ability to grow more, it is not something the State Opposition wants to see happen.
“I just don´t think that it’s a good idea,” Opposition agriculture spokesperson Scott Brichard said.