Eng. Hernan Posas has a 100 ha banana plantation which is in Transition from conventional to organic agriculture. With the implementation of Homa Agricultural Technology, it was possible to avoid using the insecticide stripes, which are usually attached to the plastic bags covering the bananas in order to protect them from insect attacks. He also reduced the Black Sigatoka fumigations in 50%.
Eng. Hernan Posas explains:
“This graph (left) compares the years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2008, applying Homa Super-Technology, we observe an increase in the ratio in the banana production. The ratio is the result of converting banana bunches (racimos) into boxes.
In the previous 3 years (2005, 2006, 2007), one banana bunch filled an average of 1,2 boxes. This year (2008) the average of boxes filled with one bunch is 1,65. In spite of the strong rainfall this year, the ratio is higher than in the previous years. We have an increase in production and in productivity. In 2007, we had 2,968 boxes per ha. Our projection is over 3,400 boxes per ha for this year 2008″
“Our farm suffered the consequences of the rains in previous years. This year (2008) the rains were comparable to the “El Niño” in 1998 when 60 hectares of our farmland were completely destroyed. But this year, practicing Homa Technology, the rains have hardly affected 2 hectares . Other farms have suffered a lot this year due to the excessive rains. Note:In our Province ‘Los Rios’, 8,000 ha of banana plantations have been destroyed this year 2008.”
The farm administrator, Mr. Cristobal Macias observed with Homa Technology, the following: “There is a bigger production in quantity and a better production in quality this year with Homa Technology, compared to previous years without Homa. Undoubtedly we are very happy with the results of Homa farming Technology.
It also has helped with the attitude of the workers, who are now more dynamic and cooperative. There are also less complaints.
Homa Farming Technology in the Hacienda “Fuente de Alegría”
(“Source of Joy”), Vinces, Ecuador,