In Chile, cost for tomato production is increasing year by year due to the extensive use of insecticides and chemicals. Today, tomato market is undergoing a serious problem that is the demand being bigger than supply.
The reasons are excessive cost production for agricultural inputs, approximately 50% of total cost, due to treatments against incidence of nematodes and Fusarium disease. Our partner in Chile, has successfully introduced EM Technology in a tomato farm, ”La Quebrada del Aji” to combat plant diseases.
La “Quebrada del Aji” has dedicated to tomatoes, avocados, cherries and citric farming for more than 30 years now. They grow the tomato variety named “Luciana”, very popular in Chile for its color, roundness form and texture that grow well during cold season.
Their products are destined for national consume approaching the use of less chemicals as possible in their cultivation farms.
Eng. Rubén Marcos Borqués, working for 30 years managing tomatoes cultivation in “La Quebrada del Aji” farm, expressed that their core problems are Nematodes, Fusarium and Phytophthora that become resistant year by year against nematocides and chemical products.
These disease cause forage chlorosis and roots nodules conducting to minor yield and plant decay.