Waterland using Biological Farming in its Jatropha Plantations

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Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fossil energy/fuels are excessively used in most farming operations world-wide. All these inputs are damaging the environment and leading to ecological destruction.

Chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fossil energy/fuels are excessively used in most farming operations world-wide. All these inputs are damaging the environment and leading to ecological destruction. Modern industrial farming offers short term high yields and is focused on achieving the same output from agricultural activities year in and year out. Unfortunately, modern farming techniques are destroying the environment, by requiring the use of chemical fertilizers to continuously achieve yields from soils that would otherwise be depleted of the basic nutrients to produce life. In Indonesia, chemical fertilizers are subsidized, costing the government Rp 10 trillion (in 2008) around USD 1 billion.

The question is, are there any solutions to this problem? After evaluating many years of intensive research on Jatropha plantations planted in an agro-forestry environment, Waterland has concluded that the answer lies in : “Biological Farming”. Instead of trying keeping nature one step ahead (by practicing mono culture methodologies with the sole use of chemical based products), Waterland has chosen to instead copy Mother Nature’s methods; a proven Eco balanced concept combined with modern agriculture technology.

Dr. William Nolten, CEO of Waterland International (http://www.waterlandinternational.com) stated “Nature’s eco balance is similar to the “Rainforest” environment. In the Rainforest everything is in balance (bio-diversity, plants, insects and animals); nothing is wasted and no chemical- fertilizers, pesticides and people/farmers influence the virgin rainforest environment. The Rainforest is rich in organic matters and nutrients and holds the largest amounts of biodiversity on the planet.”

Biological Farming uses both conventional and organic techniques, plus a combination of chemistry, physics and biology to produce sustainable, economical, and environmentally friendly food and energy crops. The value in a biological program is that it helps maximize crop production, while maintaining soil fertility levels and preserving the bio diversity. At the same time the biological program seeks to minimize weeds, diseases and pests. Biological farming is the solution for sustainable energy and food plantations and also allows for rural local community’s development issues. Dr. Nolten added “In our plantations you will find food and energy crops produced in an environmentally friendly, zero waste environment. Balance is the key success factor, not only for economic but also for biological reasons.”

The raw materials Waterland (http://www.waterlandinternational.com) uses to make its own bio fertilizers needed for the Jatropha plantations are derived from the waste of the Jatropha seeds (the seedcake is rich in NPK), and other farming and local community collected composts. These raw materials are found in and surrounding Waterland’s plantations; these materials are abundant and environmentally friendly. By using these bio fertilizers the resulting productivity of the plantation’s soils are kept in an optimal condition for many generations to come.

New regulations and laws are in the legislative process and are focused on environmental pollution. Waterland believes that the biological farming trend in agriculture will continue to grow as consumers’ public interest continues to focus on preventing environmental pollution.

Waterland is one step ahead of its peers in that it is already foreseeing future requirements for biological plantations from its customers of its Jatropha oil.    

About Waterland International
Waterland is an agricultural technology enterprise with headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. The Company that has developed high yielding Jatropha plants which give a superior yield and oil content which is a result of years of research and development. Waterland is leader in Jatropha research and development in Asia and together with its partners have successfully established first class research and technology bases in Indonesia, Germany, The Netherlands, India, Vietnam and Malaysia that are accelerating the commercialization of next generation biofuels and renewable power generation. Combining agricultural and technological innovations, intellectual property rights and extensive hands on operational plantation experience, Waterland controls all aspects of Jatropha research, development, and cultivation, including bio-engineering, high tech conversion technologies, commercialization of valuable by-products and the processing of high grade biodiesel. The Waterland Group Asia was established to support a joint investment initiative by several European based companies who own and operate power-plants in Europe, which required sustainable bio-mass energy sources to operate. Waterland currently produces Jatropha oil from over 12,000 hectares that have reached production status and the Group currently has over 60,000 hectares of planted Jatropha that will come into production next year. The Group cornerstone is its social farming model where it endeavors to empower the local farmers with the aim of bringing prosperity, independence and self-sustainability to the communities surrounding the forest on a commercially sustainable basis.

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