“Producers seek to reduce costs and innovative tools have been created for this. These products often allow you to save water, which is vital to achieve a sustainability that benefits all links in the chain,” says Agro BioMediterranean (ABM) manager Federico Bazán Rezza.
“We have developed a biodegradable organic polymer that is used in drip irrigation and traditional irrigation. The innovative part is its low density, which prevents the obstruction of canals or drippers, unlike other products. We have found the solution to clogged drippers,” says Federico Bazán.
“Its use is more common in greenhouses, but it works very well in nurseries, agricultural and forestry crops, gardening, lawns (golf courses), transport of barbed plants, etc. because of its great capacity to absorb water, retain it and release it gradually, thus preventing the water stress of plants,” says Federico.
From left to right: Nieves Peñalver, Mika Macovei, Federico Bazán, Alexey Belostotskiy.
“The product penetrates the soil, places itself near the roots and absorbs the water and retains the fertilizer. The absorption capacity is more than 100 times its size. Not only is the loss of water and fertilizer through percolation avoided, it actually brings these closer to the roots. It is food on demand,” says the ABM manager.
By using tensiometers, it is possible to measure the plant's water needs. Zero on the meter means that the plant is in optimal hydration conditions; if it is close to "30", the plant needs to be watered.
Tensiometer in plant in optimal conditions with soluble
Tensiometer in plant without soluble
“We are currently talking about 50% water savings. It is also possible to reduce fertilizer costs by 30%. And after 25 days, the product degrades,” says Federico Bazán.
"Our current product is biodegradable and we are finishing the development of an organic product that we will launch by 2021," he said.
This young company also offers various tools for different stages in the chain: from technical services across Spain to post-harvest solutions (ethylene absorbers, thermographs, environmental control systems, etc.) to allow fruit and vegetables to reach their destinations in good condition.
For more information:
Federico Bazán, manager
ABM Agro BioMediterranean
C/. Transformador 2
30007 Casillas, Murcia. Spain
T: +34 868 08 14 96
M: +34 638 30 55 29