The Tasmanian based fertilizer producer Impact has stopped its imports from Western Sahara.
Mr. Jim Mole, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Impact Fertilisers wrote on 21 October to the Australia Western Sahara Association stating “Impact Fertilisers has not sourced phosphate rock from Western Sahara for a considerable period of time now… Additionally, we have no current plans to source product from this region in future.”
Western Sahara Resource Watch has followed Impact's imports for a number of years. See video to the right.
The Australia Western Sahara Association welcomes the decision by Impact Fertilisers to halt importing phosphates from the occupied territories of Western Sahara.
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