Tanabe Farm in Ecuador grows delicious, safe bananas and exports them to Japan. Their bananas can be found in local convenient stores in Japan, and sold at higher price than other bananas. Despite of the price, “Tanabe Farm Bananas” brand is chosen by customers for the taste and food safety.
Tanabe farm is located in La Concordia Esmeralda, Ecuador in a 300m altitude and an extended area of 320Ha. The climate is warm all year round with a temperature that varies from 30 to 32℃ in daytime and 20 to 22℃ at night.
Mr. Tanabe is the second generation of a Japanese Banana farmer who immigrated to Ecuador after the World War II so that they can grow an original banana besides the popular Philippines bananas.
Mr. Tanabe describes his farming method as “nature circulation.” Bananas are easily damaged, and unshipped bananas are crushed and fermented, which will be reused as compost. Neither chemical fertilizers nor pesticides are used. There is no waste in this farm.
This farm is applying EM Technology on the entire land, combining the use of Activated EM・1, EM Bokashi and the help of earthworm to make compost.