News » Ginger Cultivation In Sacks, Produces Healthy Seed

(adm/Aug 20, 2013)

Ginger cultivation using sacks with friable media is done to produce healthy seeds, free from diseases such as bacterial wilt which is often an obstacle in cultivation.

Organic Ginger Group Farmer, Larangan Village cultivates ginger plants in a 40 x 100 cm sized sack withplanting medium bokashi from sawmill waste materials. Seeds are first seeded by spreading them up or aerated. The planting media (bokashi + garden sand) is inserted into the sack as much as 0.2 of the volume of the sack.

Seeds are planted 250 g/sacks each. Sacks are laid in the order of 5 rows in one column. More or less every 15 days, farmer added bokashi into the sacks to cover the rhizome. What is unique with this culture system as well as further research is needed, farmers do not have to add inorganic fertilizers for ginger plants neither to prune the plants.

Pruning is done when the plants reached two months at 5-10 cm from the base of the rhizome. Pruning aims to stimulate the growth of new sprouts on rhizomes. After the sacks of crops are pruned, the plant is left until the new sprouts come out from the rhizome.

One of the challenges in this cultivation technique, required intensive treatment on plants ranging from handling bokhasi for growing media, irrigation, trimming activities, and the addition of media regularly. If this cultivation technique can be successfully and in accordance with the desired expectations, would create land use efficiency by 90% from conventional farming.

This is equivalent to cultivating 1,000 sacks (1000 m2) with conventional cultivation of one hectare. Another efficiency is the use of plant seeds, and can be directed to organic farming by adopting technologies that have been generated.

When used to produce seeds, can be a source of healthy seed and with controlled conditions, the production of ginger can be targeted according to demand.

Source: Indonesian Spice and Medicinal Crops Research Institute