Friday, May 29, 2009

Bokashi New Zealand

The company Bokashi NZ was established in 2003 in Timaru, South Canterbury for making and selling Bokashi and also household and industrial organic waste management bins.
The activities of Bokashi NZ have developed over time and today the company is promoting this technology using EM all over New Zealand. They have sold over 15,000 units for household kitchen waste management upto the present time and the demand is increasing. In Christchurch and Warrington, many communal facilities and restaurants are using these bins to recycle their organic wastes. However the biggest success has been in Waihaki Island, off the coast of Auckland, where over 20% of the local inhabitants are using the kitchen waste management bins, especially after APNAN held workshops in 2008.
The Bokashi used for waste management uses high quality ingredients containing carbon (saw dust and wheat bran) which is fermented with EM and dried to form the final product used in the bins. The Managing Director of Bokashi NZ, Neville Burt stated that this Bokashi is really good for kitchen waste management, which contains high quantities of nitrogen due to the presence of meat and milk product residues. Today the Bokashi program is being expanded to cover industrial uses in agriculture and animal husbandry.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Modern Twist to legend

Today's the Star newspaper (27 May, 2009) from Malaysia.

LEGEND has it that friends and supporters of scholar-poet Qu Yuan threw dumplings into the river to save Qu but some 80 women threw mud balls instead into the sea off the Gurney Drive coast in Penang on Sunday to save Mother Earth.

The group of women from various non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Penang was spotted throwing a total of 2,589 effective microorganisms (EM) mud balls and 100 litres of EM activated solution into the sea with only their hats and umbrellas as their shields against the blazing sun.

Penang Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Development Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said the mud balls were thrown as a symbolic gesture in conjunction with the Bak Chang (Dumpling) Festival and Mother’s Day.

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Modern Twist to legend


The Johor Bahru Municipality launched a new project for improving the housing environments of the locality in December 2008, using EM technology. The residential area of a unit consisted of 500 square meters and there were 50 – 60 such units. The site was located along a drainage canal, which is a tributary of the Sebron River. However the discharge of waste water from the units developed a foul odor which needed control.

In the first instance, the Municipality subsidized the supply of kitchen waste bins and encouraged residents to recycle wastes. The residents made organic manures from the kitchen wastes and EM fermented rice rinse water (EMFRRW) instead of discharging these into the canal. The EM organic manure and the rice rinse water were used to maintain gardens and plants along the canal. The residents also sprayed EMRRW and activated EM solutions into the canal.

Today the whole area is green – when compared to other housing units. The residents state that the use of EMRRW and EM kitchen waste juice has speeded up the growth of trees and also made the environment cleaner and green. Recently there were schools of fish seen in the canal, a feature not observed earlier. Thus the project is being expanded to add more EM and also EM mud balls into the canal to maintain a clean healthy living environment.

Community needs to work together with govt to fight river pollution

This newspaper article is again from Sabah, Malaysia!! EM activities in Malaysia is on the move.

Community needs to work together with govt to fight river pollution

Sabah times, Malaysia

KOTA KINABALU: River pollution in the State must be addressed at its root and by members of the community if the problem is ever to be solved.

Enviro Jamof Sdn Bhd director, Sawada Tetsuya in his talk on Effective Micro-organism (EM) Technology held at the Kinabalu Club yesterday said that even though EM technology has been proven to be capable of overcoming pollution problems, it needs the concerted effort of all members of the community in order to be truly effective.

In the case of Sabah, he said the community needs to work with the government in ridding the State of pollution in particular river pollution.

Sawada said one method adopted by countries like Thailand and some States in the country is throwing hundreds of EM balls into polluted rivers.

When applied to rivers, EM which is made up of beneficial micro-organisms improves the overall condition of the rivers through the reduction of sludge and other toxic compounds.

He said the practice must be conducted on a continuous basis thus the need for community involvement.

He suggested the public could also reduce the amount of waste going into rivers by reducing kitchen waste generated at home, which accounts for 80 percent of wastes at landfills.

These kitchen wastes could be turned into fertilizers and toilet cleaning solutions.

“About 3000 schools in Japan are using EM to clean toilets and around 10 percent of Japanese use EM regularly,” he said.

One school in Sabah which has already incorporated the technology is SM La Salle in Tanjung Aru.

Sawada added that EM technology can be used in various industries, including agriculture and aquaculture to improve quality and ensure what is produced is disease-free.

Friday, May 22, 2009

RM1.5 million to clean up river using microbes

RM1.5 million to clean up river using microbes

Recently, the EM programs in Malaysia have been hives of activity, especially in waste water treatment. Thus we are pleased to present a news item from the Johor Buzz Newspaper.

THE Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) has allocated RM1.5 million for the second phase of rehabilitating Sungai Sebulong at Kampung Melayu Majidee in Johor Baru

photo: model plot area using EM

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RM1.5 million to clean up river using microbes

The morning glory farm in Sri Lanka

The farmer possesses 0.45 ha of land and cultivates morning glory organically on 75% of his land. He has been an organic farmer for the last 15 years and has begun using EM through a contact in SEEDS, from 2008.

The process adopted by the farmer is as follows: - 5 kg Chicken manure is applied per sq. meter along with a diluted (1:500) EM 1 solution, soon after the harvest of the previous crop. Thereafter the land is ploughed to mix the chicken manure, and plans cuttings from the nursery. Weed management is required in the very early phases until the crop covers the ground. The harvest is taken in 3 – 4 weeks.

He obtains approximately 2.5 US dollars per Kg and with EM, his yields have risen by 20%. He also cultivates other vegetables on his farm using the same techniques.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

APNAN news letter

We publish APNAN Newsletter three times a year to disseminate information on activities related to the Network, Kyusei Nature Farming and our sponsors. It also acts as an engine of interactions and contacts between the network and its multitude of members, friends and contacts in all continents of the world, all of whom are either working with or interested in Kyusei Nature Farming and EM Technology.
If you are interested in receiving the Newsletter, please contact APNAN!!

At the same time, we are very much welcome of the news related Nature Farming and EM technology!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Is EM effective in supressing H1N1 virus?

We have posted the article from Manila Bulletin Publishing Corportaion.

The infectious H1N1 viruses have no chance of battling beneficial environments - found in organic farms using the technology of Effective Microorganisms. This is due to the beneficial environments created by this technology. Thus piggeries all over might as well employ EM technology in cleaning up their premises and deploy the technology to stop the spread of the lethal infecting viruses.
This is stated by two leading advocates of organic farming. Please check the following site for further information.

Beneficial bacteria proposed for swine flu

Beneficial bacteria vs swine flu proposed

If you have any informaion related EM, please tell us the detail.

Friday, May 15, 2009


APNAN - The Network on Kyusei Nature Farming and EM Technology

APNAN, the Asia Pacific Natural Agriculture Network, is a little organization based in Bangkok, Thailand, and networking on the concepts of Kyusei Nature Farming and EM Technology, with contacts in all continents of the globe. It is a very successful and dynamic network, with the drive, energy and ambition to achieve its goals.

For more information:
APNAN website

Our object is to introduce and extend Kyusei Nature Farming and EM technology to the Asia Pacific Region. Thus we would like to disseminate information to the widst possible audience. Hence we are hopeful that this BLOG will offer a forum for people to share experiences on Nature Farming, EM and also gather the latest work of our little network.