Friday 26 February 2016

Why India’s Coir Fiber Is The Best In The World

India is a land of diversity and multitudes of resources. This country has a lot to give whether in the cultural front, or economic sector, it disappoints none. One of the most prominent organic fibers these days are coir fiber derived from the coconut husks. India is also the third largest producer of coconut on the global market, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. No doubt that India produces high quality coir fiber and adds to the benefit of this sector. The tropical climate favors the growth of this tree and hence to the production of coir fiber. This fiber has loads of advantages and innumerous number of products can be extracted from this indigenous component. With the advent of mankind, man has understood the valor of the coconut tree which offers all its composites to good use. The ‘Kalpavriksha’ is cultivated in several parts of the country, especially along the coast lines given the fact that India has such a large indented coastline.

This fruitful fiber stays nestled within the outer realm of the coconut and the husk, which are composed of cellulose. These narrow and hollow fiber cells remain pale in color during the immature period. Once matured, the fiber stiffens and develops a yellowish tinge. The yellow layer is known as lignin which is present on the inside of the walls. There are two kinds of coir available in India, one is the brown coir and the other is the yellow one. The brown coir is derived from the matured coconut which is implemented in producing Coir Rope, coir Pads, Cushions, and many more. The yellow coir is extracted from the young coconut which helps in the manufacturing of ply yarn for making carpets, ropes, coir mats, fishing nets, and many more.

The coir fiber not only has unlimited usages but is very conventional and environment friendly putting no such pressure on Mother Nature. Maybe, that alone stands as the biggest reason for its acceptance. This also helps maintain biological equilibrium by preventing the soil from erosion. In order to make them used as erosion protecting elements, the fiber is woven into permeable fabrics. With the world going gaga over renewable resources, here is one cost-effective resource which can attribute to withstand a problem like soil erosion on a macro scale. The areas which has suffered much erosion hazards must be soaked in these fibers as it has the ability of taking in water and rejuvenating the area altogether. These geotextiles can save the soil from drying and prevents the soil from the heat radiations of the sun. These geotextiles that are produced in India are absolutely durable and heat resistant.  Most importantly, the geotextiles derived from coir is biodegradable and permits germination of seeds.

Yes, India makes use of the by-products as well. Isn’t that magnificent? The wastes accumulated after extracting coir are known as peat which makes a good fertilizer and helps in mulching.

Thursday 14 January 2016

Coconut Brings Aroma To The Harvest Festival

Happy Pongal!

Pongal- the harvest festival of Tamil Nadu is renowned for the fervor with which it is celebrated and also the due importance Tamilians give to nature and the farming community. Almost all Indian states have some or the other festival to celebrate the harvest season, but none can compare with the vibrant Pongal festival which is a four day festival commencing on the first day of the Tamil month of Thai.

Tamil Nadu has one of the richest heritages among Indian states and even to this day, they preserve this heritage and culture with much pride. Agriculture and other agrarian activities have always been a vital part in the life of Tamilians, and Pongal gives them the perfect opportunity to celebrate it with much pomp and vigour.

Tamilians worldwide believe that the Thai month brings along with it peace, prosperity and harmony in the life of everyone. Pongal is celebrated to honor the Sun God, as a thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. The Sun deity is offered ‘Pongal’, which literally translates into boiling over of rice and milk.

Pongal is celebrated with much fervor by coconut farmers across Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Moreover, coconut forms a major ingredient in all the offerings made to different deities during the four day festival. Most of these coconut farmers offer poojas in specially erected pandals and serve food for the poor during this festival.

First day- Bhogi Pongal

People clean their houses and surroundings on this day and visit their relatives and neighbours to exchange sweets and pleasantries.  Everyone wear new clothes and decorate their houses. Kolams are drawn in front of each house. This day is celebrated to offer thanks to the Lord of Clouds, Indra.

Second day- Perum Pongal / Surya Pongal

This is the most important day of the celebrations when people offer prayers to the Sun god, thanking Him for a year of abundant blessings. This is the day when they offer Pongal to the gods and then distribute it among friends and neighbours.

Third day- Mattu Pongal

Cows are often considered divine in Hinduism and the third day of Pongal is entirely devoted to worshipping these gentle animals. Mattu means cow or bull in Tamil. Cattle play a crucial role in the lives of many farmers and hence they are bathed in sandalwood and turmeric, tilaks are applied on their foreheads and given sumptuous offerings. Their horns are painted in various colours and flower garlands worn around their necks. As an attestation to their importance, the Pongal is first fed to the cows and only then it is consumed by humans.

Fourth day- Kaanum Pongal

This day is dedicated to the divine love of sisters and brothers. Sisters pray for their brothers and offer the leftover Pongal as a token of their love and care for their brothers. This has striking similarities with the Raksha Bhandhan festival that is celebrated in North India.

The fact that Pongal is celebrated lavishly by Tamilians across the globe attests to
the huge importance they place on culture and tradition.

Wednesday 30 December 2015

COCO PEAT: Your Harvest Manager Ensuring High Quality Flowers

In the art of crop production and harvesting a reliable source of good quality water is crucial for a successful yield. Coco peat which contains coir fiber pith obtained from coconut husk has an incredible capability to hold water.

Floriculture or the science of cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants is a vibrant aspect of horticulture but unfortunately enough it requires huge amounts of water for smooth functioning and this major con challenges well flourished floriculture in areas with severe water scarcity. But if there is a problem there must be a solution, colorful flowers and abundant water resources must co-exist. Our Organic fertilizer coco peat can be one of the best possible answer to this problem.

Their wondrous specialty is that they can hold large amounts of water, nearly 7 times the size of its mass. Moreover it discharges nutrients accordingly and this results can be observed in the tantalizing hues of high quality flowers it produces. The fact that it is reusable is the icing on the cake. In floriculture such water locking agents are essential to reduce unnecessary water drainage from the topsoil. Huge maintenance and care is required to keep the flowering plants healthy on the contrary the use of coco peat cuts of several maintenance factors therefore making farms more profitable. Our coco peat is therefore a multi-tasker being able to reduce water leakage, adding to plant nutrition and plays a major role in harvest management since less managed farms are more profitable it also leads to the economic development of the continent.

Boyce Agro’s innovation In coco peat is saving tons of water everyday in horticulture globally. We are not only concerned about conserving water and soil quality but also quite attentive to all your queries regarding floriculture because we provide growing solutions, and expert help to local flower growers. Beauty and sustainability these are the two main priorities of corporation. A partnership between Boyce and the distributors in the flower growing industries will be a truce for the greater benefit for not only water scarce regions but the entire human race. Collaborations and cooperation from the distributors can counter the growing conflicts for water in third world countries.

Nearly seventy percent of the world is covered with water but only 2.5 percent of the total water on earth is fresh drinkable water which is nearly optimum for sustaining the world’s population. But due to extremities, over usage and severe wastage a serious crisis for potable water has arisen and a major amount of that water is lost in horticulture with the lack of a good harvest management system. You surely wouldn’t want your farm to contribute to the depletion of usable water.

The ease of usage of our coco peat will make floriculture a cakewalk for you and then you get to wear that eco friendly badge. With the Boyce range of coco peat you can grow the plants to their full potential.

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Coco Peat vs. Weeds

Our coco peat is an 100 per cent organic product made from coconut husk and it can work wonders as growing medium for crops. Made from coir fiber this soil conditioner can guarantee you healthier yields.
Weed is a wild unwanted plant growing in competition with the cultivated plants. They create a shortage in nutrients for the cultivation plants hence sabotaging yields.

Many of might have a common question popping up in your mind. Is coco peat effective against weeds? Well as a matter of fact it is. Firstly it supplies beneficial microorganisms to ensure healthy growth of your crops which in turn keeps weeds pests and other diseases at bay. This being said it is clear that your farms will never be the same again but it will only change for good, with less time wastage in getting rid of weed you get more time planning your economy.

Coco Peat holds an incredible amount of water, upto ten times than that of its weight therefore a very less amount of it guarantees long term hydration it does not allow over hydration and prevents growth of weed. It not only takes care of unwanted weed but also creates a pollution free environment for your farm  because of its recyclable properties.

Along with the fact it is pollution free, eco friendly and completely reusable its effects are also long lasting. Once added to the soil it lasts for as long as three to four years and that save you the time for regular mixing and time is money. some of its remarkable qualities makes it an indispensable part of your farm’s maintenance, these qualities include:

 Incredible water holding capacity
 Accelerating microbial action 
 Supplementing useful nutrition to the soil
 High levels of cellulose and lignin
 Weed preventing properties
 Maintains the pH value of the soil and keeps it within a favorable degree

Coco Peat can be reused 4 to five times at most and being biodegradable it will leave no harmful residue. You always wished for all in one solution for your farm and our coco peat is the answer to all your ordeals. Coco peat makes an excellent growing medium for hydroponics, soil mixes, and container plants in addition to all these it has natural rooting hormones and antifungal properties. Coco Peat also prevents unnecessary drainage of water from the topsoil and helps erode it.

So if you want a biodegradable fertilizer which also takes care of unwanted weeds in your farm you best consider Boyce Agro’s premium quality coco peat.

Monday 2 November 2015

Flower Growers In Holland Prefer Quality Coco Peat From India and Sri Lanka

India is growing its coco peat production in large quantities and getting popularity globally. Between the period 2010 and 2013, India’s coco peat export has doubled. This escalation has been stated by the Government of India. India is the leading exporter of coco peat products in the world. To its account, almost 50% of the coco peat product is supplied by India. Apart from India, Sri Lanka too is evolving as a great coco peat supplier. Sri Lanka has shown great potential in the last few years in terms of coco peat export, both in terms of quality and quantity. One of the largest importers of these varieties from India and Sri Lanka is Holland.

The highly premium quality coco peat products from India and Sri Lanka are exported to Holland in large quantities. The products are 100% renewable and ecologically sound. All most 90% of the flower growers use coco peat products supplied from these two countries. The growth of this industry has become possible due to the surplus amount of both skilled and un-skilled laborers in India and Sri Lanka. The products are manufactured maintaining global standards.

The well conditioning and water holding capacity of the coco peat products has made it well acclaimed for flower growth in Holland. The texture of the products is uniform which makes it consistent. It has low degradation value which makes it usable for flower growth. Apart from its well conditioning properties, it also has oxygenation properties which make it ideal. Holland flower growers are well compatible with the coco peat products as they can allow aeration even if it is absolutely saturated. The light weight coir products are very spongy and fibrous. The clayey soils can be cured and made suitable for flower growth by adding coco peat. Likewise, sandy soils can be made fertile too.

The horticulture industry in Holland is one of the leading one in the international market. They use the coco peat as it allows proper root penetration. It was estimated in a study in 2011 that after using coco peat there was a 10% to 20% less consumption of water. So those areas suffering from water scarcity in Netherlands need not to worry. With the use of coco peat, the Dutch flower growers are being able to produce more pots which are ultimately bringing forth more profit. The flower growers have received RHP authentication for its yielding programs in India.

Holland is famous for its rose production. The reason behind their production of high quality roses is the use of high quality coco peat from India and Sri Lanka. Instead of soil, they have switched to coconut fiber. The coconut husks are ideal for potting as they protect the seeds from the rage of the sun. The coco peat also provides immunity to the roots and does not allow fungus or bacteria to infest on them.

India and Sri Lanka has maintained the quality of coco peat and thus Holland has entrusted upon these two countries. Coco peat has filled in the gap between the two south Asian countries and this ‘Lowland’.

Thursday 22 October 2015

Every Entrepreneur Needs a Slice of Luck. We Get That To You

Starting with any kind of business requires a bit of strategic push without which success becomes hard to consume. Coco peat as we all know has already become the centre of attraction in today’s horticulture and flower growing industries. It acts as a soil-less medium making the impossible happen. In those rugged and unfortunate terrains that do not get the blessings of rain or are blessed with infertile soil, coco peat there, acts as the guardian angel!
The coco peat is an absolute waiter-holding material beneficial to cultivators. Not only that, but its affordable price is what compelling the farmers and flower growers to make use of this product. When the demand excels isn’t it wise to be a source of supplier to cater to the needs? That is exactly where Boyce Agro comes to your rescue. It stays there as the guardian assisting you to overcome the hurdles of becoming the distributor of coco peat. One of the main things looked after by Boyce Agro is the frequent fluctuations in the price of coco peat. This fluctuation is mainly due to climatic variations. There is price hike during the rainy season and a lowering of it during the summers. To certain extent, Boyce tends to manage this instability in the prices. Boyce purchases large quantities of coco peat during the summers when the prices are low and keeps them for future use during monsoon when there is a rise in price. In this way even the distributor of Boyce gets to store coco peat in bulks without encountering the high prices.
Boyce allows its distributors to get a sample in order to know its application and quality. Boyce is constantly making new moves to exemplify the existing products. Another advantage of Boyce is that it has universal popularity. It helps the distributor in every stage and also has the title of providing the best quality coco peat. In areas where there is water stressed conditions, where the need for an alternative to water for cultivation is absolutely required – allocating the most wanted coco peat is the best option. Using coco peat is a sustainable way of making the efficient utilization of water. It gains you high profit margin. Coco peat requires limited maintenance which makes it all the more attractive as an option. Two other factors must be kept in mind which is sure to make your business proliferate. Coco peat helps to distribute the soil nutrients evenly due to its water holding capacity. It also has the advantage of being re-used. This attracts the poor farmers as they get the optimum usage of their money. So if you are an entrepreneur selling coco peat, you will gain more rather than selling any other chemicals for cultivation.
The factors mentioned above makes Boyce Agro a good choice for an interested dealer to get linked with. Boyce has the world wide acknowledgement and also has the heart to help its distributors to not only gain profit but also help the needy farmers and those blooming entrepreneurs.

Tuesday 6 October 2015

How Rains Affect Coco Peat Production?

In recent time, coco peat has certainly become one of the important factors that are being used in farming. Apart from its high water holding capacity, it is used as an organic fertilizer and the fact that it holds the soil together is one of the major reasons that why is it being used so widely. Coco peat is generated from the coir pith or coconut husk as we all call it. Though coco peat is being used in the farming world around the globe, there is a problem which has not been sorted till date and should be treated with some remedy at the earliest.

The production of the coco peat is a time taking process which comprises of many steps in a specified manner so that the production of the coco peat blocks from the coir. Firstly, the coconut husk is extracted out and the coir hair is dried up in the sun so that the moisture content reaches a level of less than 20%, which can be turned into coco peat blocks so as to be sent to the market. If the moisture content is more than the desired, the coir hair can’t be processed further so as to turn them into the blocks of the coco peat which can be available to the farmers for the end use.

During the monsoon season, there is an inadequate supply of sunlight which results in the event of not drying the coir hair to the desired limit. This is a major reason which leads to the difference in the supply and demand of the coco peat during the rainy season. Also, coconut trees are usually located near to the sea shore where the relative humidity reaches near to 90-95% during the rainy season. That’s a secondary reason for not drying the coir hair using the secondary methods as the air surrounding is already filled with water near to the maximum limit.

Also being by the sea side, the rain is often accompanied by strong winds and during which hardly anyone goes up the tall coconut trees to fetch them. Also if the tree is immersed under water, you can’t certainly climb it up and get the coconuts. Also rain makes the trunk of the tree wet and hence slippery which might result in a serious accident taking place, and as the farmers are mostly the only earning members in the family they certainly can’t and they usually don’t take up the risk to go to the top.

Though coco peat is becoming an important part of farming, but the fluctuation in its price especially during the monsoon stops the farmer opting for it. Though some of the leading firms have managed to control the price to some extent, but still their remains some hills and valleys in the graph for the price during the different months or seasons. To attract more farmers for using this product, the major companies should put in extra effort and if needed should come together with some innovative idea.