It has long been the veg­gie gar­dener’s favourite fer­tiliser, but sea­weed is also be­com­ing more pop­u­lar for ru­ral use.

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Paeroa-based Agrisea New Zealand Ltd is a pi­o­neer of the busi­ness, pro­duc­ing four dif­fer­ent prod­ucts for agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture.

Con­trary to ex­pec­ta­tions of purely or­ganic or bio­dy­namic ap­pli­ca­tions, 95% of their clients are ac­tu­ally con­ven­tional farm­ers want­ing to cut down on urea and phos­phate use.

The New Zealand na­tive kelp species ( Eck­lo­nia ra­di­ata) is the ba­sis for Agrisea’s for­mu­la­tions. The nat­u­ral brew­ing process elim­i­nates the use of pro­cess­ing with heat, chem­i­cals, freez­ing or de­hy­dra­tion that might ‘de­na­ture’ the sen­si­tive nu­tri­ent bal­ance, al­low­ing the nat­u­ral growth stim­u­lants and mi­cro-nu­tri­ents to be re­leased in an ac­tive form to en­hance soil and plant health.

AgriSea con­tin­ues to de­velop its ex­port re­la­tion­ships with a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties, with much in­ter­est in the greater po­tency and ef­fec­tive­ness of New Zealand seaweeds with their higher lev­els of suphates and other com­pounds.

Photo: sup­plied

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