Case Studies

Healthy Garlic and Onions

Água fria de Goiás City, Goiás state, Brazil
Country:
Brazil
Category:
Agriculture
Tag:
Large scale
Healthy Garlic and Onions

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Tanabe Group Farm is located in Água fria de Goiás City, Goiás state, 142km up north from Brasilia
Average temperature in Água fria de Goiás is around 22.9 °C and soils are mostly calcareous favorable for agriculture.
EM Technology was introduced into garlic and onion farms to find a sustainable and biological way to fight resistance against herbicide, fungicide and insecticide.

Scale: 1230ha for dry farming and 780ha irrigated farming
Production: 
- Garlic 18-20Tons/ha
- Onion 100Tons/ha
Products: garlic, onion, soybean, bean and corn
Personnel staff: approximately 100 people 
Market: for national and international consume

PROBLEMS

-Disease such as pink root in onion and fusarium basal root disease 
-Overgrown of weeds
-Resistance against herbicides and insecticide that eventually cause production decrease
-Since soil in this region is rich in calcium pH is high 
-Soil degradation due to extensively chemical use

EM APPLICATION

(Photo 1)
Pivot farming irrigation system
(Photo 1)
Pivot farming irrigation system
TANABE FARM is applying EM Technology into garlic and onion farms for 3 years (at 2017).
Farming in this region characterized by pivot farming using giant sprinklers for irrigation that move as the clockwise in circle pivots (Photo 1)
Activated EM・1 (AEM) is applied via irrigation using this special large sprinklers every time of irrigation.
They also use AEM to prepare the soil before planting. 
 

EFFECTS AND RESULTS

(Photo 2)
EM treated healthy garlic are white and no change of color is detected (left)
(Photo 2)
EM treated healthy garlic are white and no change of color is detected (left)
- Using EM, frequency and dose of chemicals reduced: 
  a) Herbicides approximately 30%-40%
  b) Insecticide approximately 10%-20%
  Therefore they save cost
- Herbicide and insecticide effects last longer therefore yield improved.
- EM can control pH in soil.
- Soil enriched with natural microorganisms that could prevent diseases.
- Produces grow healthier (Photo 2-5)

6.    Production of garlic improved from 14 Tons/ha to 18-20 Tons/ha.
7.    Production of onion increased from 40-50Tons/ha to 100 Tons/ha.
8.    No incidence of pink roots in onions (Photo 3)
 
(Photo 3)
Roots in garlic grows healthy free of pink roots disease
(Photo 3)
Roots in garlic grows healthy free of pink roots disease
(Photo 4)
Onions also grow healthy free of fungus
(Photo 4)
Onions also grow healthy free of fungus
(Photo 5)
Healthy onions grow uniformly at the same size
(Photo 5)
Healthy onions grow uniformly at the same size
(Updated on January, 2018)

 

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