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Grant benefits organic farm

A £10,000 grant is set to help a farmer in Torfaen use compost to help produce high quality organic barley and beef.

The money, courtesy of an Environmental Goods and Services grant via the Wales Environment Trust (WET), will enable the 250-acre Race Farm site to buy a new JCB Loadall.

This will increase its composting capacity, meaning even more of the countys green waste can be recycled.

Organic farmer Andrew Morgan from Cwmbran takes the waste from the local civic amenity site in New Inn. He said: The loadall will not only save huge amounts of time, but also make a massive difference to production levels at the farm, as well as to the waste levels in the town. The increased amount of green waste compost has already improved the quantity of the organic barley.

The new equipment has also enabled the farm to secure a new contract, collecting wood from the civic amenity site, shredding it and making animal bedding for organic cattle and neighbouring farms.

WET compost co-ordinator Paul Roberts said: Its really encouraging to see a local farmer like Andrew taking recycling and integrating it into his every day business operations. He has created sustainable solutions that benefit everyone involved.

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