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Posted 30 June 2017. PMN Crop News.

EWS Helps Indonesian Farmers Achieve Greater Harvests With Lower Production Costs

Source: East-West Seed Press Release.

Nonthaburi, Thailand (June 28, 2017)--Farmers in the northwest Indonesian province of Aceh have demonstrated that planting shallot seeds instead of bulbs has the potential to double their harvests compared to regional averages.


Wildan, one such farmer from Aceh, has demonstrated that he was able to achieve 15-17 tons/ha by planting the Tuk Tuk shallot seed variety from East-West Seed Indonesia (EWINDO). This is more than twice the regional average of 7.3 tons/ha and approximately 60% higher than the national average of 8-12 tons/ha.

Following training on the best planting techniques for these seeds, Wildan says he only requires 5 kg of Tuk Tuk seeds to achieve the increased harvest - with production costs of about 10 million Indonesian rupiah (IDR).

This is in comparison to the 1.5 tons of bulbs that would traditionally be required, with production costs between 45 to 55 million IDR.

EWINDO Managing Director, Glenn Pardede, promoted this technology to other farmers during the National Week (PENAS) of Farmers and Fishermen’s (KTNA) 15th anniversary in Banda Aceh between 4 and 11 May, 2017.

He also highlighted four benefits from planting TUK TUK compared to the transplanting technique.

1) Reduced transportation costs: Seeds are lighter and take up less space compared to bulbs, making them easier and more cost effective to transport.

2) Increased shelf life: As long as they are kept out of sunlight, seeds can be stored for longer than bulbs. Seeds can last for a maximum of two years in correct storage conditions, while bulbs can only last for a maximum of two to four months.

3) Disease resistance: Bulb viruses have been described as one of the major challenges to increasing the production of shallots. This is because bulb borne diseases like viruses or fungi can be extremely difficult to control.

4) Safer fertilizers: When planting shallot seeds, farmers do not need to use UREA (Chemical Fertilizer) and can use the safer and more efficient Complex Fertilizer (NPK).

“We are confident that this technology is able to help shallot farmers increase their income and advance the horticulture industry in Indonesia,” Mr Glenn concluded.

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