Indonesian experiences with EM
A progressive farmer in Pansacari, Bali, Indonesia, Mr.Madasuwastika, started
strawberry cultivation a few years ago conventionally, using chemical fertilizers and
pesticides. However due to problems of soil fertility, the yields were low and thus he was
not making a profit. Time was fast passing by, and in 2007, he had an eventful
encounter with the sales team of Indonesia Kyusei Nature Farming Society (IKNFS)!
They explained the benefit of EM technologyTM. As he was a rational farmer, he
understood the concepts of Nature farming and thus began using EM for his
strawberries. The process he adopted is as follows:
He completely stopped using all chemicals on his farm, and began adding EM compost
(EM Kotaku – i.e. Bokashi) at a rate of 1.5 Mt per 0.1 ha) to improve soil quality.
Activated EM was sprayed to plants at a dilution of 1: 1000 at watering by a hand held
garden hose. In addition, once in every three days, EMFPE (EM Plant fermented
Extract) was applied at a dilution of 1:1000.
Within a few weeks, he observed healthy regrowth of his plants, with glossy green
leaves and the yields increased. The costs were lower due to the non-purchase of
chemicals and hence the family could improve their standards of living.
This was the first Buddhist temple established in Bali, Indonesia. The temple has a
farm of 2 ha, where ornamental plants and vegetables are grown EM and EM compost
(named Bokashi kotaku). EM technology was introduced to this farm in 1999. The farm
uses 5 Mt of bokashi per month and EM activated solution is used during irrigation.
Due to EM technology, the soil is soft and does not require chemicals and pesticides. The
maintenance costs are lower and the farm is very successful.
Alam kul (hotel, sewage treatment)
Alam kulkul Boutique Resort & Hotel, Bali –a four star Boutique Resort has been using
EM for their sewage treatment and maintaining the ornamental plants around the
hotel since 2005.
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