Inroads into Southeast Asia: Vietnam and Thailand
The first stop was Dalat, east of the capital, Ho Chi Minh. A temperate city in an otherwise tropical country, Dalat is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” and is a significant agricultural hotspot in Vietnam for products like cabbage and cauliflower. It’s also the flower capital of Vietnam, producing a variety of sought-after flowers including orchids, hydrangeas and roses.
It was therefore the perfect place to launch the first Aqua-4D validation in Vietnam. Five months into treatment by Aqua-4D’s system, there have been notable results in solving nematode problems, without any additional fumigation or nematicides. Significantly less nematode infections have been observed, as well as better root development, fast plant growth, and notable water savings. The customer is highly positive and we await further results later in the year.
Next stop was Northern Thailand, where Aqua-4D is working on the ground with Sustainable Agro Tech Asia (SATA) and conducting validation studies in partnership with Chiang Mai University. SATA’s Managing Director, Rodrigo Espinola, is highly enthusiastic about the potential for Aqua-4D to solve some endemic problems Thai agronomists frequently come up against: “The expectations are huge, due to the fact that the water quality here is not the best and they suffer a lot from clogging.” As a consequence, Espinola explains, this can sometimes lead to losses of up to 80% of yields.
Such clogging arises as a result of the large presence of clay and calcium in the local water. As previously reported, there are very promising early results from the first validation study involving mushroom greenhouses. Growers across Thailand are staying tuned for more results over the course of 2018, including an upcoming validation study with one of the country’s largest melon and tomato growers.