Arusha, Tanzania is pioneering a major breakthrough in the country’s agriculture sector by adopting a special technology that will enable farmers convert harmful machinery fumes and emissions into soil enriching fertilizers.
“It means exhaust fumes and smokes from tractors and other farm machinery instead of being let off into the atmosphere where they are going to be destructive, they get tapped and channeled into the soil where the fumes become fertilizers,” said Mr Gary Lewis the technology inventor.
The Bioagtive Emmissions Technology recently introduced in Arusha has so far been used only in Canada and some few selected states of America.
“The technology is yet to find its way to European countries which means, Arusha farmers will be ahead of their European counterparts in employing the new farming technology,” pointed out the Bio-Agtive ET inventor, Mr Lewis who hails from Canada who was here recently to introduce the new technology to local estate operators.
“We target at helping farmers to understand and practice a new way of Nitrogen and Carbon cycle management,” said Mr Lewis shortly after conducting a special training on the new technology to farmers from Arusha, Simanjiro, Hanang, Kiteto and Karatu areas.
Mr Lewis is the Director of N/C Quest Inc, which is the parent company that license’s the Bio-Agtiveâ„¢ Technology Method to farms around the world.
He revealed that there are 150 farms in Canada, Jamaica, USA, Australia, South Africa, Tanzania, Kazakhstan and Japan who have been licensed to use the Bio-Agtive Emissions Technology.
Ms Gillian Hoops a large scale farmer from Simanjiro said the technology, in addition to saving the environment by removing carbon fumes from the atmosphere and converting them into fertilizers, was also very useful in drought areas like Simanjiro.
“Other fertilizers can be useless in sun scorched, drought smitten grounds but the Bio-Agtive, being gas based can easily penetrate the soil and work wonders for the crops with or without the rain,” she revealed.
And as the issues of global warming continue to raise concern around the globe, the Bio-Agtive technology, according to experts, is bound to earn Arusha farmers as well as Tanzania, carbon credits.
But the technology is already earning local farmers here bumper harvests; having started to use it in his farm last January, Mr Dennis Micky said his 2000 acres of grain and legumes in Hanang have recorded major boost in crop production ever since he adopted the Bio-Agtive tech.
Field results from the past 10 years combined with the latest university research shows recycling tractor emissions and incorporating them into the soil provides a number of benefits.
With more and more positive data surrounding the Bio-Agtive method, farmers and contractors with high horsepower tractors have many good reasons to take advantage of what is now a wasted resource.
When seeding with Bio-Agtive Emissions Technology (BAET), the cooled exhaust emissions are directed firstly into the air cart.
Mr Justyn Lane the county Manager for FMD East Africa, a firm dealing with Tractors, Farm Implements and Generators, said his company, which is the main agent for Massey Ferguson machines in East Africa will support the technology.
(Source: Arusha Times)