Sunday, December 13, 2009

EM and KNF Workshop in Myanmar


Our little network held a workshop on Kyusei Nature Farming and EM Technology for the second time at the CARTC, in the Union of Myanmar over the period 02 – 04 December 2009. The participants were from the regions around the EM production units located in Yedashe, Kalaw, Mandalay and Pathein. Over 40 participants gathered for this event and included members from the Myanmar Agriculture Service (MAS), CARTC staff, farmers and from the private sector. In addition, we also had guests from the MAS and our most senior member Professor Dr Cho Cho Myint, Ex Vice Rector of the Agricultural University.

The workshop began with greetings from APNAN, which explained the basics of EM Technology, Nature Farming and its concepts. Thereafter, Prof Dr Cho Cho Myint stated the history of Nature Farming in Myanmar and the activities that had been undertaken over 19 years, and the enthusiasm that had been generated along the way. MAS staff demonstrated examples of EM use and also the prospects of supporting staff through field visits. This was followed by presentations from the four factory regions, where some trials had been conducted, especially in Kallow and Mandalay. APNAN encouraged the participation of farmers in a discussion.

The next day began with APNAN illustrating the use of EM in rice farming, which is very important for the Union of Myanmar. Participants were engaged in lively discussions and they stated the potential of using EM in some difficult situations

The final day was based on a presentation by the Principal of the CARTC, and visits to field located near the CARTC, where the workshop was held. The finale of the workshop was a sumptuous Myanmar lunch, and there were requests for similar workshops in the future.

APNAN will organize them in consultation with our sponsors in the future.

We wish all participants a very good experience with Nature Farming and EM.


Aubergines grown with EM FPE     Diligent MAS staff explains methods
at the CARTC.                of making EM based materials.


Dr. Cho Cho Myint with MAS     Group photograph

staff and APNAN staff.                  

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

International Workshop 2010 Feb


APNAN will be organizing the usual workshop on Kyusei Nature Farming and EM technology, at the Sara Buri Center, Thailand, from 22 – 25 February, 2010.

We welcome your active participation at this event – If you wish, please contact our representative in your country….and also the recommendation of the APNAN contact representative to avoid cancellations.
The contacts are listed at this website

Further information is available at here

We look forward to your active participation to use Kyusei Nature Farming and EM in your nations and also in daily lives.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

EM in Sri Lanka

APNAN visited a farmer living near the EM unit at Homagama in Sri Lanka. The farmer established his home garden using EM, and this plot of 320 sq. meters has over 15 types of vegetables and fruits for home consumption.

In the early days, he applied chemicals to his allotment – especially for chilies. However he noticed that with time, yield declined. On a visit to the EM unit, he was told of the technology, which he adopted. At present, he is an avid enthusiast of EM and Nature Farming, and over the past 6 months, his fields have produced greater yields, which have made him happy and healthy.

Although a beginner, he is a real enthusiast of EM – and is reading as much literature as possible. The EM unit is also happy about this and will use these fields to hold workshops for the people of the area to promote EM technology.

   The EM unit office         Mr.O.T. Arisappu (EM user)

    The home garden             The EM chilies

The EM treated aubergines       Winged beans with EM

Monday, November 9, 2009

The latest EM activities in Penang, Malaysia

The links below are the newsclips about the EM activities in Penang state in Malaysia where Dr.Higa visited this August.

Kids have fun with and learn about EM mudballs

Bayan Baru folk get EMAS kits

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Nature Farming and EM technology workshop in LAO PDR

The Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Vientiane organized a workshop on Nature Farming and EM in conjunction with APNAN in Vientiane on 26th and 27th October, 2009. There were 31 participants, consisting of students, teachers and farmers from the municipality. The basics of EM technology and Nature Farming were taught at the workshop – including making EM solutions, and its use in crop and animal production and in sanitation.
The program was also strengthened by the
presentations by two farmers who practice Nature Farming in Lao PDR. The participants were eager to learn and many questions were raised – and all agreed to use the technologies learnt to produce food and clean the environment.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


JAMOF, our active partner in Johor Malaysia has teamed up with the Malaysia Rubber Board of Johor to initiate trials with EM in 2008. The pilot study conducted in 0.45 ha produced excellent results and hence in 2009 the project has been expanded to over 30 ha!!
The project initiated this year applied EM Bokashi and activated EM・1 – and the plants that received our EM and Bokashi are much greener than those receiving chemical fertilizers!!! We are looking forward to the yield reports and will keep you updated!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


APNAN - the little network celebrated 20 years of existence and service to humankind in September ! A special edition of the Newsletter was prepared by us.. and its now on our website.

Please check it out - You will be amazed as to what we have achieved!!

Please click the picture!!!

Monday, October 19, 2009


The EM program in Malaysia is gathering momentum – with Motorola joining the bandwagon. Hence on the Global day organized by Motorola Malaysia, 1100 EM dangos (Mud balls) and 1000 liters of activated EM・1 was applied to the Kelana Jaya lake. The project was organized by Motorola Malaysia in cooperation with MicroGreen group of companies.
This project is a pilot study over a period of three months to reduce pollution and foul odor from the lake waters and surroundings and this process will be carried out on a monthly basis by the two organizations, who will determine the rate of success.

News clippings can be seen at

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

20 Years of APNAN - The commemorative celebration

Atami, Japan, 29 September 2009

Thank you for your interest in our little network, APNAN.

We would like to really say THANK YOU to all of our friends and inform them that we are now 20 years old!!!!! Hence we had an in house celebration at Atami on 29th September 2009.

The celebration was a meeting, fellow ship and dinner. The meeting was presided by Our President, Professor Dr Teruo Higa. Others in attendance were the administrators of our sponsors – the Sekai Kyusei Kyo of Japan and Thailand, The INFRC and EMRO, Mrs. Higa, the overseas advisor of APNAN, and also Professor Dr Cho Cho Myint, ex Pro rector of the Yezin Agricultural University of Myanmar was one of original steering committee members. All Past Senior Technical officers and the present officers of APNAN were also present, along with a few well wishers of our little network.

The ceremony was really homely and nice – where we discussed the past and planned for the future.

We at APNAN really want to continue our activity to expand Kyusei Nature Farming and EM technology in order to support farmers and protect environment in our mandate region and beyond. Please keep in touch. We will help.

Monday, September 21, 2009

The microbial way

This is also newpaper article in Malaysia!

IN 1982, Dr Teruo Higa of the University of Ryukyus in Okinawa, Japan, discovered a group of naturally occurring micro-organisms which can be combined for various beneficial uses. He named them Effective Micro-organisms (EM) and patented the name.

As a commercial product, it is registered and sold as EM•1 by licensees worldwide. The major micro-organisms in EM•1 are lactic acid bacteria, yeast and phototrophic bacteria.

Higa initially developed EM as an alternative to the use of chemicals in agriculture. Through research over time, EM was found to be effective in other fields, including environmental remediation and livestock operations.

For more information:

The microbial way

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Fleeting effect (Newspaper)

Mudballs enriched with Effective Micro-organisms which can degrade pollutants are not a cure-all for polluted rivers.

THERE’S a new fad among Malaysians – shaping balls of mud and then tossing them into rivers and ponds.

It is all part of the noble effort to clean up our foul waterways. And much to the surprise of many sceptics, these pains seem to be bearing fruit.

For more information:

Fleeting effect

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Relief for river

SUNGAI Pinang in Penang now has the nasty ranking of the seventh most polluted river in the country. It’s a title which the state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) director Hanapi Mohamad Noor hopes to shake off.

And he reckons using Effective Micro-organisms (EM) mudballs in the river, plus curbing pollution from going in, will do the trick. He is optimistic as EM mudballs and EM solution applied at two spots in the river (near the wet market and jetty) since January have borne results.

For more information : Releif for River

Monday, September 7, 2009

Bokashi therapy is available in Bali, Indonesia

Our partner in Indonesia launched the 2nd Bokashi therapy shop in Bali. When you visit Bali, please try it. For more information, see the website below.

Bokashi Therapy is done by burned and lies down the body in Bokashi with heating 60-70o C. That Bokashi is made from saw dust substances, spices bran and mineral, which is fermented through EM Technology. Bokashi ingredients will ferment and produce organic composed (enzyme, fructose, amino acid, protein, lactate acid) and heat. That Organic composed and heat having peculiar property as healing. When the body perspire, toxin of body is released through the sweat.
Bokashi Therapy caused the toxin and fatty acid in the body is throwed away toward the skin. The heating surprised in the body irritated nerves system worked well, make fluent the circulation of blood, and the body is healthier than before.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Nature Demonstrations – 2

Cucumber cultivated with green manure (Phaseolus vulgaris)

This demonstration was initiated on 3rd June, 2009, by planting the green manure in between the plots prepared for cultivating cucumber. The plots for cucumber had dimensions of 15 m x 1.2 m. These were managed as per techniques of Nature Farming promoted by APNAN.

The cucumber seeds was planted on 10th June, in the prepared beds and was covered with a mulch of rice bran (1 Kg per sq meter) and EMAS (dilution 1:10; 500 ml per sq meter) was applied. Three seeds were planted at one point and later thinned to one plant per point. The spacing adopted was 50 cm between plants. Rice straw was applied as a secondary mulch two weeks later to a thickness of 3 cm to cover the soil.

June 3rd

Planting the bean seeds in the rows between beds prepared for cucumber.


Weed control before planting beans

The beans growing in between the beds

June 10th

Beds prepared, cucumber planted and rice bran applied as a mulch. EMAS was sprayed thereafter.

Planting cucumber seeds

Applying rice bran mulch to prevent weeds                
and conserve moisture, s
praying EMAS

June 19th

The Luscious growth of the beans and
cucumber seedlings

A Cucumber seedling growing through the
straw mulch

July 2nd

The beans were cut at the flowering stage    

and applied to the beds uniformly as a mulch.  

Weeding the plots. 

The weeds were also cut and applied to
same bed as a mulch.


There were some inspect problems
but it did not cause a major damage 
to the cucumber.

July 14th

A bountiful harvest of cucumber grown      
through Nature Farming methods 

Contented staff harvest the cucumber
he says.. See its very good fruits.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mudballs to heal our rivers

This is the new movement in Penang, Malaysia..

3000 Effective Microorganisms (EM) mudballs were thrown into Sungai Keluang in Penang yesterday in a move to make the river cleaner.

For more information :

Mudballs to heal our rivers (Malaysia kini. TV)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Effective mud ball ‘treatment’

Gurney bay

The Star newspaper, Malaysia focused the effectiveness of EM!!, full page reports about the effects of the EM mud balls at Gurney Drive.

THE water within a 100m radius off the Gurney Drive coast in Penang is now less murky and smelly, thanks to the 200,000 effective microorganism (EM) mud balls which were thrown into the sea on Aug 8.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said the mud balls had also helped to break down the sludge and reduce the growth of algae in the sea.

“Sludge has been significantly reduced as can be seen from the measurement tape placed by the state Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID). It has reduced by 10cm.

For more information:

Effective mud ball "treatment"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


A demonstration by APNAN at Sara Buri

The demonstration plot of rice using techniques of Nature Farming was started by APNAN on a small plot located amidst the rice fields of the Sara Buri Nature Farming Center. The whole field is cultivated organically using EM, and to the demonstration plot, extra EMAS is added. This plot received EMAS at a rate of 100 liters per 10 a per month. Thus, the demonstration plot received 80 liters of EMAS on three occasions.

The rice was planted on 2nd July, 2009 and transplanted on 25th July, 2009. The first application of EMAS was on 4th August.

Please await the developments.

Adding 100 L EMAS per 10a       The Control plots managed as per

                        the system at Sara Buri

10 days after applying 100L/10a      The control plots


Friday, August 14, 2009

The effect of EM mud balls already can be seen!!!

The report has come from Penang where more than millions of EM mud balls were applied.
You can clearly see the effect of EM. At this site, about 250,000 EM mud balls were throuwn.

【Before EM application 】

【5days after EM application 】
Only 5 days!! Obvious sludge reduction can be seen!!!
We will keep you updated the information.

Monday, August 10, 2009

More apologies to Mother Earth

Dr.Higa(Left) and H E the Chief
Minister YAB Tuan Lim Guan

A ceremony was launched on 8th August, 2009 in the State of Penang, to make people aware of the environment and its importance. The event was aptly called "One million Apologies to Mother Earth." The principal objective of the event was to enhance or improve the quality of the rivers and seacoasts in Penang, which at once time was called the Pearl of the Orient, but with time had been polluted primarily due to human activities. Thus the project used EM technology to clean these waters and the State of Penang wished to be the leaders to show the world the benefits of this simple but effective technology.
The project paid emphasis to the use of mud balls, and H E the Chief Minister YAB Tuan Lim Guan Eng inaugurated the launching ceremony on the 8th August 2009, in the presence of Professor Dr.Teruo Higa at 0830 Hrs.

The participants threw 250,000 mud balls made with EM into the Gurney Drive bay. In total, the participants added 1.2 million mud balls to rivers of Penang and there were over 25000 people participating.

The entire event was a great success - and thus the director of the Penang State Drainage and Irrigation Department promised to use mud balls on a regular basis. He claimed " We will throw mud balls into rivers in stages over a six-month period" !!!! This will be done until the water quality of the Penang and Juru rivers are improved from Class 3 to Class 2as per the standards adopted in Malaysia.

We are sure that this project will be successful and will update the information with time.

Before lunching EM mudball / After lunching EM mud ball