Code of Practice History
It has been over twenty years since the Western Australian Agricultural Lime Industry Code of Practice was adopted by the lime industry in 1999. The DPIRD Time to Lime campaign increased awareness of the damaging effects of soil acidity on production, and the benefits of applying lime. When this led to greater use of liming products, the lime industry recognised the need to encourage responsible conduct.
The Australian Fertiliser Services Association, together with the Dept of Primary Industries & Regional Development, assisted the lime industry to develop the Code of Practice. Many individuals, organisations and government agencies worked closely with AFSA and DPIRD to develop the code, supported by funding from the National Landcare Program.
Lime producers in Western Australia formed an independent association, Lime WA Inc, to further advance industry issues and more actively promote the implementation of the Code of Practice. Over the years, many other individuals, organisations and government agencies have assisted in various areas to support lime suppliers’ continued operation under the Code of Practice.
- To have lime producers operating under guidelines set out in a specific industry Code of Practice.
- To promote the value of the industry Code of Practice to end users of liming products, as well as industry associates.
- To encourage the Association’s participation in regulatory input by being strongly committed to self-regulation.
- To have a united voice to communicate the needs of member producers to Government agencies and industry bodies.
- To inform producers and industry associates about developments in the industry to ensure the group is pro-active in their approach to common issues.
- To set up an information network for access by lime users, advisors and suppliers.