Firm offers quick fix for producers

Dave Lovegrove (left) and Danny Hood have offered fertiliser to flood-ravaged primary producers.
Dave Lovegrove (left) and Danny Hood have offered fertiliser to flood-ravaged primary producers. Geoff Potter

A SUNSHINE company has offered $500,000 worth of its revolutionary fertiliser to help get Queensland’s food bowls producing again.

Dr Grow It All, based at Eumundi, is seeking support from transport companies and tank suppliers to help shift 125,000 litres of its fertiliser concentrate to areas like the Lockyer Valley and Bundaberg.

Diluted, the concentrate can make up to 12,500,000 litres of fertiliser.

Poultry manure and sawdust are combined as the source of nutrients/carbon and are then processed by adding a special organic-based formula in the final product.

The liquid can be regularly applied through existing irrigation.

Established by Danny Hood and Dave Lovegrove, Dr Grow It All says it offers a range of applications that can help counteract top soil loss and total leaching of nutrients.

Mr Hood said yesterday that as a former farmer he understood the hardship growers would face during post-flood recovery.

He said every effort to help would benefit all Australians.

Without rapid recovery of the farming sector everyone would be affected in some way, including food shortages and price increases.

Horticultural scientist Rob Abbas said consumers could look forward to months of shortages and increased prices because of the floods.

He said even in Gympie, if it stopped raining now it would be April at the earliest before planting could start and eight weeks after that before produce would be ready for market.

In the Lockyer Valley, which has heavier soils and a horrendous top soil loss, it would be at least two months before farmers could plant and another six weeks before markets would see quick-growing crops like lettuce delivered.

The Stanthorpe region, which supplies much of the state’s vegetables, has also been affected.

Dr Grow it All has yet to begin market its product range, but claims to have run thorough scientific tests and field trials on the product for consistently outstanding results.

The directors are looking for support from other Coast companies to provide a 46,000-litre holding tank for the fertiliser at their processing plant and transportation to farms and regional distribution points.

Depending on the application, the concentrate can be used at rates as little as 10mm per litre. One thousand litres of the concentrate is about the equivalent of a tonne of fertiliser.

Anyone who can help should contact Danny Hood on 0418 795 531 or Dave Lovegrove on 0412 831 828.

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