Mexico: Produce a new fertilizer that accelerates the growth of crops

The Agrochemicals and Sprinklers of Perote and ADV Mechanics and the Technological Institute of Monterrey campus Puebla will carry out the sale of organic fertilizer, made with pumice waste.

The product is expected to sell up to a cheaper 50% compared to others that are used in the field, so in August 2015 will start its production and marketing.

Saíd Robles Casolco, director of the Master's Degree in Automotive Engineering of that house of studies, says that after just over three years of testing, it was possible to obtain an investment of three million pesos from the Council of Science and Technology and the Secretariat of Economy to be manufactured.

It stands out that this new development generates in an exponential way the growth of the vegetable, because while the traditional fertilizers allow that the seeds germinate up to in sixty days, with the use of the pumice stone it can be achieved that it is in a week.

He mentions that the other products that exist in the market are manufactured based on petroleum-derived polymers, which are more expensive, because they have as a component nitrogen, a substance that has lately been used to make this type of agricultural materials, which They have a process of slow disintegration with moisture.

Regarding the new product will be offered in packages of 50 kilograms and is the result of a mixture of biological elements such as potassium, manganese and sulfur, which are used as a substrate to enrich pumice.

There is pumice production

José Ruperto Cortina Pérez, director of Veracruz Agroquímicos y Aspersores de Perote, comments that the interest of granting an added value to the pumice stone and after knowing its properties, arose by having a mine that produces more than 500 daily tons of this mineral.

He is also an alumnus of the Bachelor of International Business at the Puebla campus, and explains that in this project he partnered with the local company ADV Mechanics, which is headed by José Antonio Abascal, who will generate the machinery to make the fertilizer.

The project was based on the patents "Mechanical addition process of active agrobiological and / or agrochemical solutions for pests and plant diseases in a pozzolanic material", with MX / a / 2012 / 014359 record, and "Organically enriched electrochemical process and / or inorganically of a pozzolanic material for vegetable nutrition ", with MX / a2012 / 014350 record.

 

Source: The Economist

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