Composting ought to be something that you keep in the back of your mind if you are a farmer.

Even though all farming produces waste, you should not let that stop you from making your own compost from waste products that would have been thrown away or buried otherwise.

Since the business opened in 1989, Compost Matters manufactured several machinery, including composting machines.

Francois van der Poll’s journey with the company started in 2009 and was eventually bought by him in 2016. The original owner of this product range invested from the start, and after 34 years of product improvement, the composting machines are world-class.

“At this point, I decided to dedicate my time and efforts on the Compost Matters line of products, with the focus on our farmers,” says Francois.


What material can the equipment compost?

Compost can be made from almost any organic material, including the manure from livestock as well as the scraps from fruits and vegetables. As long as there is a lot of water and humidity in the compost and it is at the right temperature, the microorganisms will be able to grow and turn this matter into high-quality compost that can be used.

Compost grows at its peak when temperatures range from 45 to 65 degrees Celsius, and the material also benefits from the addition of oxygen that the windrow provides.

Why should a farmer make the investment in a compost machine?

There are a lot of farmers who already have the organic matter that they need in order to make compost. There will never be a lack of material that can be composted, regardless of whether you raise livestock or produce crops for a living. Compost is an excellent natural fertiliser, and it also replenishes the soil with the nutrients that are lost during the decomposition process.

A variety of machines from the Compost Matters range

The composting machines vary in terms of their capacity, size, and the way in which the machine is operated. There are four distinct kinds of machines that can be used.

The first kind is a tractor-drawn loader, and it has the ability to rotate organic material heaps. However, in order to operate the machine, you will need to make use of a tractor. The second choice is a hydraulically driven system that is capable of operating and moving on its own.

There is a 3 m tractor-drawn compost turner, as well as a 3 m Mini compost turner, a 3 m large compost turner, and a 4 m hydraulically driven compost turner.

This is the 3-meter compost turner that is pulled by a tractor.

What preventative safeguards does this machine offer?

If you want to use any of the machines in the Composting Matters line, you should have at least two people operating it. It is essential for the operator, who is in charge of operating the apparatus and another to walk alongside the machine while maintaining a distance of at least 5 metres from it. Additionally, the person ensures that no foreign material, material that is too large, or any living thing will become entangled in the machines.

“The vast majority of farmers have organic waste products but are unsure of how to put them to use. So, the Compost Matters equipment is a great help and solution to any farm,” Francois concludes.

For more information on Compost Matters product range contact Francois on (+27) 82-928-5809 or the landline number (+27) 15-307-4420/4422, send an email to, or visit their website at for more information.