MONTREAL, QC / January 18, 2016 / Earth Alive Clean Technologies Inc. (CSE: EAC) ("Earth Alive" or the "Company") is pleased to report significant increases in banana crop yields by a factor of 100% to 200%, over the regional average, for producers using Soil Activator(TM).
On May 13, 2015, Earth Alive announced it had shipped over $200,000 of organic crop inputs, including the Company's biofertilizer technology, Soil Activator(TM), to the Asociacíon Bananos Ecológicos de la Línea Noroeste (BANELINO). BANELINO, a large-scale certified organic and fair trade banana co-operative located in the Dominican Republic, began the application of the Company's input products on approximately 300 hectares of their members' organic banana plantations. By October of 2015, producers were already reporting enhanced banana growth, and the final impact of Earth Alive's biofertilizer on plantations has resulted in harvests that have significantly outperformed average yields in the region.
"Earth Alive's products have really made a significant difference in our yield results," stated Gustavo Gandini, BANELINO's Technical Director. "Our region was hit with drought this year, and banana yields have suffered because of this. In plantations where we applied the Earth Alive products, we are harvesting double, and in some areas even triple, the regional average," he concluded.
At the heart of Earth Alive's product line is Soil Activiator(TM), an organic-compliant bio fertilizer for sustainable agriculture, containing a proprietary blend of naturally occurring, beneficial microbes and an all-natural synergistic active. Soil Activator(TM) is designed to increase the availability of nutrients in the soil, which are often trapped and "hidden" from crops; it can be used alone in organic production, or in combination with synthetic inputs to obtain higher yields in conventional production. In addition to Soil Activator(TM), BANELINO growers also applied other inputs from Earth Alive's Big Blue product line, including WAVE sea minerals and ALGA liquid seaweed.
"Earth Alive's innovative input products maximize the efficient use of available fertilizer resources in sustainable agriculture," said Simon Neufeld, Chief Agronomist at Earth Alive. "Using Soil Activator(TM) and Big Blue in our custom-designed fertilizer program is helping BANELINO's organic banana producers achieve, and exceed, conventional yields and financial revenues in their region."
Miguel Monroy, Earth Alive’s Director of Business Affairs, stated, “Bananas are a major food crop in Latin America, with over one million hectares planted in various countries. “The fertilizer market for these banana crops alone is in excess of $100 million annually, representing a substantial market opportunity for Earth Alive's product line.” He further added, “Soil Activator(TM) is a non-crop specific fertilizer, and organic production of all types of crops is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global food industry”.
Michael Warren, Earth Alive’s Vice President of its Ag Division, concluded by saying “To help growers meet this rapidly increasing demand, we are currently identifying, and in discussion with, potential distributors in the southern hemisphere to expand our distribution into the Latin American banana industry, as well as in various other crop industries.”
Banelino is a Fair Trade banana cooperative located in the Northeastern region of the Dominican Republic. With approximately 300 small-scale producer members, the coop ships roughly 30,000 boxes of bananas weekly. Fertilization with Earth Alive’s Soil Activator(TM) product was carried out in the second half of 2015 on approximately 300 hectares of their members’ organic banana plantations.
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