Sydney-based coir supplier, Galuku, has created a substrate production system made of organic coconut fibre that has already proven successful for major berry growers such as Driscolls. When blueberries are grown in soil, an average fruit yield of 0.5kg is good for the first year of production. With Galuku’s Australian patented Easyfil Planterbags, Driscolls has experienced first year average yields as high as 3kg per plant.
“The crop was outstanding,” Driscolls Australia agronomist Tyler Scofield says.
“The high yield of quality fruit was combined with strong and uniform plant development – and this was achieved during a season of extreme weather conditions. Good substrate changes everything.”
Galuku’s patented Easyfil Planterbags use a blend of washed coir pith, husk chip and fibre housed in a high-density UV-treated plastic bag.
Galuku’s system – incorporating OMRI-certified Easyfil Berry Planterbags, Latex Weed Mats and drainage pads – has increased production in farms in California, Florida, Mexico, South America, China and Australia.
A study by Dr Geoff Cresswell, one of Australia’s leading hydroponics experts, has found that Latex Weed Mats reduce the volume of weeds to almost nil and help with the distribution of irrigation water, while holding on to substrate moisture.
Made from 100% organic coconut fibres, Galuku’s Latex Weed Mats are OMRI-listed. They have been proven to reduce weed volume and help with irrigation.
An independent report from Southern Cross University Coffs Harbour backs up the findings, suggesting that Galuku Latex Weed Mats reduce the cost of hand weeding by up to 60% and improve the effectiveness of irrigation by 30%. Over a five-hectare project, this will equate to large savings in labour, water and fertiliser each year.
Galuku’s drainage pads can be used in conjunction with Easyfil bags or with pots (as pictured).
The patented Easyfil Berry Planterbag features a blend of washed coir pith, husk chip and fibre, housed in a high-density UV-treated plastic bag. The Latex Mat is placed on top of the bag, creating a natural cover for crops, limiting the need for hand weeding and greatly reducing water loss. Lastly, the drainage pad sits underneath the Easyfil bag, improving drainage and lowering the risk of disease and insect infestations.
Galuku has 10 factories around the world, producing a range of coir products to suit a variety of plants and berries.
Galuku opens new dedicated coir fibre factory in India
Galuku International Ltd has opened a new dedicated coir fibre factory in Pollachi, India.
“Pollachi was the perfect location for a factory to produce our coir fibre products, as it’s close to the factories that manufacture the coir fibre,” says Galuku Asia Pacific General Manager, Philip Martyn.
The factory will produce Galuku’s OMRI-certified Latex Weed Mats, which are being used by large-scale berry growers in Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and California. Made from 100% organic coconut fibre and natural latex, the weed mats are eco-friendly; suitable for diverse climates; and can be used for a variety of trees, bush and vine crops.
The new factory will produce Galuku’s OMRI-listed Latex Weed Mat, made from organic coconut fibre and natural latex.
Thanks to the significant financial benefits experienced by growers around the world, demand for the Latex Weed Mats has been strong, Philip Martyn says.
“Using cutting-edge technology, the new factory in Pollachi will allow us to meet this strong demand. It will also enable us to produce a broad range of other fibre based products, such as Geo Erosion Control Fibre Blankets, which are used for erosion and sediment control in landscaping.”
The new factory will be Galuku’s eleventh across Sri Lanka, India and Malaysia. The company started in 1993 and produces a range of coir products for use in hydroponics, substrates, oil absorbents and pet products.
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PH&G August 2016 / Issue 170