SOILLESS AGRICULTURE

The main material in Alternatif Tarim's organomineral soil conditiners and fertilizer products is a volcanic rock called pumice. Alternatif Tarim Inc. is supplying the pumice from its own sources. With its 1 billion m3 pumice reserves, Alternatif Tarim is not only Turkey's but one of world's most important pumice production companies. Pumice is capable of holding large amount of water and heat which reduces heating costs, one of the largest line items in greenhouse operating costs. Having a porous structure, pumice increases soil airiness while resolving drainage problems. Pumice does not only improve physical properties of the soil but also improves the chemical properties as well to the benefit of the plants. It also does not contain heavy metals that are harmful to humans and plants. Alternatif Tarim had designed its facilities to produce all grain sizes in the 0.1mm-10cm range.
The soil used in greenhouse farming is known to be hard and saline, and be contaminated by chemicals as a result of excessive watering, fertilizing and harvesting. In addition the greenhouse soil contains harmful nematode and fungus, which are very difficult to get rid of once it contaminates the soil. For these reasons greenhouse soil is required to be either completely replaced or ventilated by hauling it outside every couple of years which has a high cost impacts to the farmers. In recent years soilless farming became crucial because of these reasons.
Several raw materials like perlite, stone clew, peat etc. have been tried for soilles farming. Because of short life span, differing quality in production and scarceness of these materials in Turkey made it difficult to use these materials in soilless farming. Alternatif Tarim Inc. introduced basaltic pumice to Turkish farming industry in 1996 to overcome these difficulties as well as supporting the plant growth with the help chemical properties of pumice. Basaltic pumice had been tested in many green houses in cities like Antalya and Antakya throughout Turkey and it had proven that it is a irreplaceable alternative to soilless farming. Basaltic pumice had also been tested and proven in scientific institutions in Italy and Spain. Alternatif Tarim Inc. do not only products but provides technical and scientific services to help its customers in their transition to soilless farming.

ADVANTAGES OF SOILLES AGRICULTURE:

Enables farming where soil is not suitable: Since soilles farming eliminates the need for soil, farming can be done in fields where the soil is not is not suitable for plant growth.

Early delivery, efficiency and increased quality: Since soilless farming provides balanced nourishment, plants develop early with increased quality.

Controlled plant nourishment:

Soilless farming makes it possible to select the type and timing, and adjust the quantity of the elements needed by the plants. This way a controlled plant nourishment can be accomplished. By giving plants equal amount of fertilizers, it is possible to achieve equal crop growth and richness. It also makes it possible to avoid harmful effects of the elements (iron, zinc, copper, molybdenum etc.) in nutriments. Salt content and pH levels which has negative effect on plant growth can also be avoided. The nutrition intake of the plants is positively affected by controlling the temperature and oxygen level around the roots.

Water economy and control: Traditional farming requires extensive usage of water because of watering methods that have to be used such as seepage, concealing it in the soil or vaporizing. The operating costs are lowered since water used in soilless farming can be measured, it is not wasted and its automated.

Reduction in energy consumption and labor requirement:

Important savings can be achieved in energy consumption and labor force in soilless farming since it has technological and automated systems.

Disease and weed control: The liquid nutrition and growht environment can be sterilized. This way diseases caused by the roots can be avoided. Since the plants are grown in controlled environment (water and solids), there is no weed problem.

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Alternatif Tarim (Agriculture) Inc. was founded in 1998 as a subsidiary of Kurmeller Madencilik Inc., one of the biggest basaltic pumice producers in Turkey. Alternatif Tarim Inc. is one of the leaders in organic fertilizer and soil booster industry in Turkey.

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Döşeme Mah. 60075 Sok. No:2 Baysan 2 Apt. Kat:3 Daire:11 Seyhan, Adana

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Adana Organize Sanayi, E-5 Yolu Üzeri, Hatıra Orman Yanı, Adana

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