Tricogreen: to fight wilting
Bawang merah/shallot is no stranger in our cuisines. It is present in almost every dish. Shallot production can take place in temperate zones to the tropics. Indonesia, a tropical country, is the largest producer of this commodity in Southeast Asia.
According to the official report from the Ministry of Agriculture (29/08/17), in 2016 the area of harvest in the country reached up to 149.6 thousand ha, with the production of 1.45 million metric tons. The latter represents a 22.5% increase from the previous year. The target for 2017 is to increase by 17.7% from 2016. But this optimistic target is not without fear of crop failure.
One of the most significant diseases in shallot production is wilting caused by the fungus Fusarium oxysporum. This fungus attacks the base of the bulb and destroys root formation. The early indicator of infestation is the yellowing as well as twisting of leaves. The weakness or absence of root causes plants to dislodge easily from the ground. Another indicator is the white spots on the base of the bulb. Further cutting into the bulb will expose decaying layers that originate from the base and spread in all directions.
To combat this dreadful pest, Indmira produces Tricogreen. This biofungicide is made from trichoderm fumgus that is known to be very effective in controlling the growth of pathogenic fungi in the soil. This product is in a powder with greenish white color and eco-friendly, and as such, it is harmless to humans, animals, and the environment.
The applications of Tricogreen are as follow:
- Dissolve 20 grams of Tricogreen in five (5) liters of water.
- Apply on an area of 3m2 one week before seeding
- Ground Preparation for Planting Beds:
- Mix 250 grams of Tricogreen with 100 grams of SAN Tanaman or 20 kg of composted manure for 1000 m2
- Apply one week before planting .
- Plant Care:
- Mix 100 grams of Tricogreen with 12 liters of water
- Pour solution on the plant base at approximately 100 ml per plant .
- Apply at 20 and 40 days post planting .
(Tri Umi Asni – Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta).