BIO-GEN in Sudan
Our products are popular not only in Poland or Europe, but also… in Sudan! In November, on the occasion of a visit to the Khartoum agricultural fair, we visited our local customers and looked at the effectiveness of BIO-GEN formulations under African conditions. We also had the opportunity to immerse ourselves in a completely different culture.
Agriculture in Sudan is even more diverse than in Poland – we have visited both small, family-run farms producing on a dozen or so hectares and much larger, tens or even hundreds of thousands of hectares, highly specialised farms. On our first day, we visited Mustafa’s farm, a two-hour drive from the capital. The mango and lime grower conducted trials of the growth stimulator imPROver+, the probiotic for orchard plants BaktoTarcza S, and the soil revitaliser RewitalPRO+, to accelerate the decomposition of organic matter. The treatment with the last product was carried out for the first time a few days before the visit – we were not yet able to assess the effects, but the action of the imPROver+ growth biostimulant, showed a lot of new leaf growth and influenced the definitely greater vigour of the trees. In addition, the use of BaktoTarcza S has helped to maintain better plant health.
The next point on our itinerary was a visit to an agricultural cooperative east of Khartoum, which produces vegetables and fruit on 13,000 hectares for both export and sale in the capital. The farmers were just in the middle of sowing melons, before which they applied FosfoPower, AzotoPower and RevitalPro+. The same preparations were used earlier in the cultivation of ground tomatoes. By leaving a control strip in the field, it was possible to demonstrate the positive effect of our products – the seedlings had a much better developed root system, which in turn translated into more efficient water and nutrient uptake.
While in Sudan, the sugar cane crop is not to be missed. That is why we decided to visit another agricultural cooperative – located on the other side of the Nile – which only cultivates ‘sweetgrass’. Compared to other crops, sugar cane is quite a demanding crop, as it takes up approximately 400 kg of nitrogen per hectare in pure components during its 14-month vegetation period. The species also has huge water requirements, making it necessary to irrigate crops using an irrigation system based on water from the Nile. The cooperative’s cultivation technology is largely based on products containing microorganisms, such as AzotoPower, FosfoPower and, very popular in Sudan, RevitalPro+.
During our stay, we also met with researchers from Gazira University. Dr Hadira Agtibaldir and her MSc students are investigating the effects of using microbial products, including RevitalPro+, on yields of tomato under cover as well as wheat. We eagerly await the test results!
The trip to Sudan was abundant not only in visits to farms, but also in meeting kind, warm and extremely hospitable people and business partners. Agriculture in Africa is at the same advanced level as in Europe, and BIO-GEN products based on Polish microorganisms perform well in a completely different climate. Despite the many differences between Sudan and Poland, there are many common problems – such as those related to the high prices of mineral fertilisers, which we are able to reduce with the help of our products.