Earthworms are recognised as an effective and environmentally sound method of increasing the rate
Earthworm production systems involving waste management are evolving and are in the growth phase where emphasis is upon marketing, inoculum and vermicast. As the industry matures there will be a need to change the marketing emphasis from “the worm as an inoculum” to “the worm as a value-added marketable product”. Very large quantities of worm products will be available if production systems are designed and managed appropriately.
The integration of waste utilisation with the production of high quality commercial products is an attractive concept and provides real opportunities to the earthworm industry and agricultural processing industries which face increasing waste management issues. This would be a major and sustainable contribution to both urban and rural environmental management. There is thus considerable scope to develop technologies to assist the development of the earthworm industry.
While Australian rural industries are typically based more on an individualistic rather than on active cooperation and coordination approaches, there are a number of instances where a particular industry or section of an industry has adopted a successful collaborative approach to the export or domestic marketing of their produce.
This project aimed to deliver technologies to underpin the development of an earthworm industry which has a range of products including ‘value-added’ worm meal products.
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