Agricola Famosa

Melons production   |   open field

Agricola Famosa

The world's largest producer of melons installs an Aqua-4D® system

Agricola Famosa is also the biggest fruits producer in Brazil. In addition to melon, they also produce watermelon, papaya, banana, passionfruit, asparagus and more...

Situation

The client uses EC 3.0-6.0 saline water to irrigate its fields. In addition, the lack of water in recent years has increased the accumulation of salts in the soil, decreasing productivity and preventing it from achieving more than one cycle per year over the same ground (previously 2 cycles). If Agricola Famosa does not find a solution, they will have to cease their activities on these lands and buy other lands to produce the melons.

Solution

1st validation with Aqua-4D® on melons treating a flow of 150m3/hr (40,000 gallons/hr) on one plot of 24ha (60 acres) in order to reduce soil salinity and increase productivity

2nd validation with Aqua-4D® on melons and watermelons, treated with a water flow of 150m3/hr (40,000 gallons/hr) on 3 plots of 24ha each (60 acres) in order to reduce soil salinity and increase productivity

Results

Total production increased between 7 et 17%

Increased “export” quality

Less rejected fruit

Improved quality criteria

2 cycles per year on the same land (one previously), without loading the soil in salt (leaching effect)

ROI estimated at less than 12 months

Future Projets

Following the excellent results, Agricola Famosa decided to equip more than 1,000 ha for melon and watermelon in a first stage, with plans of expanding to the rest of its exploitation of 9,000 ha.

Installation in the nursery

Validation in progress on papaya

Future installations planned for banana, passionfruit, asparagus, hydroponics and fish farming