Panabo's organic exporters to produce liquid fertilizer

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Sunday, April 27, 2014


A MORE powerful organic fertilizer in liquid form or foliar fertilizer, can now be produced at the bio-organic fertilizer plant of Organic Producer and Exporter Corporation (Opec) in Panabo City, Opec is the trading arm of the Foundation of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Cooperatives in Mindanao, Inc, an NGO helping ARB banana farmers and growers.

Two units of compost-extracting equipment called “Aeromaster Compost Tea Extraction System” which arrived recently from the US are expected to boost the capability of Opec?s organic fertilizer plant to produce more powerful liquid organic fertilizer.

It's nine times more effective than soil fertilizer. We spray this liquid foliar fertilizer directly on the leaves, trunks, stems, flowers of a plant,” said Farmcoop executive director Koronado Apuzen.

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This time, without the use of any chemicals whatsoever, banana farms can now fight and control the spread of such dreaded plant diseases in the banana industry such as Moko, Sigatoka and Frusarium or Panama disease, with the use of liquid foliar organic fertilizer extracted from the new imported equipment, according to Apuzen.

"All these so-called plant diseases are basically just problems of nutrition that requires a nutritional approach," Apuzen said.

This new extracting equipment will extract the highly nutritious liquid from the organic compost fertilizer produced at the OPEC plant and used to spray on banana plants infected with those plant diseases.

Production of the extracted foliar fertilizer is swift and fast, according to Apuzen, as the new extracting system can produce 250 gallons of the liquid from the compost fertilizer every 30 minutes and has a shelf life of 2 to 3 weeks.

This is definitely much faster than the old process using an Aerator which can produce only 125 gallons in 24 to 36 hours or one to two days with a shelf life of only 8 hours to one day, according to Apuzen.

With the recent arrival of the new extracting system, the OPEC bio-fertilizer plant here will now be producing both types of fertilizer, the compost soil organic fertilizer and the extracted foliar liquid fertilizer to be made available to all banana cooperatives under Farmcoop. (Philpress News)

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 28, 2014.

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