Australia Fertoz to farm test phosphate from Canada Wapiti site

03 April 2014 23:56 Source:ICIS News

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Fertoz Limited has signed an agreement with two organic farms in western Canada to trial the agronomic effectiveness of phosphate from its Wapiti Project in British Columbia, Canada, the fertilizer developer announced on Thursday.

Australia-based Fertoz is a phosphate exploration and development company with a range of projects in Canada as well as in Australia. The Wapiti East project, its North American flagship operation, covers 15,838 hectares and is one of five company phosphate operations in British Columbia.

Fertoz said that under the terms of the agreement it will supply up to 1,000 tonnes of phosphate rock from Wapiti at the mine gate. The farmers will be responsible for freight, rock phosphate processing and the costs of the farm trials. All information, testing procedures, processing techniques and application methods will be provided to Fertoz per the agreement.

This supply to the farms will come from the 7,500-tonne bulk sample which was approved for extraction by the mines department in February 2014. Fertoz said timing of the bulk sample extraction is dependent on prevailing weather conditions.

“This is a great leap forward for us. The laboratory results showed Wapiti has high available phosphate when compared to similar organic fertilizers, and now we have farmers seeking out our product to test it on their farms,” said Les Szonyi, Fertoz managing director.

“Test marketing by organic farmers is an important step in obtaining a good understanding of the benefits that Wapiti phosphate can provide to the agricultural sector in North America. It will assist us to implement our marketing plan which is being designed to secure first sales of Wapiti phosphate in 2014.”

 

By Mark Milam