Dec. 24, 2018
By Leonardo Gottems, reporter for AgroPages
Registered by Brazilian company Microquimica, Vorax (L-glutamic acid), a biostimulating product produced from a manufacturing process involving biological fermentation, is the first "biofertilizer" developed in the country.
The technical director of the company, Roberto Berwanger Batista, revealed that the registration is not only a milestone for Microquimica: "It is also one for Brazilian agriculture and for the fertilizer sector, as it officially opens a new class of regulated products for use in the country, which helps plants express their productive potential and, additionally, to make agriculture more sustainable."
It revealed that the process took more than five years to complete, with cross-cropping and high investment research. "We have agronomic trials that have positioned Vorax on 10 different crops, which attest to its efficiency, bringing great security to the farmer and great financial returns."
The biofertilizer, Vorax, is produced through the biological fermentation of sugarcane molasses to stimulate plant metabolism and reduce yield losses. Its dose is greatly reduced and its effects on plants are different from conventional fertilizers, which are based on the required amounts of nutrients.
Batista pointed out that the main active ingredient of the product, the amino acid called L-glutamic acid, acts directly on plant metabolism. "These effects are quite different from nutritional ones and are observed with very low doses of application. The doses vary from 30 to 100 ml per hectare and activate three metabolisms in plants, nitrogen, carbon and oxidative, generating greater growth and productivity," said Batista, who added that this is the great differential of the product, which motivated the appropriate class. "And this class is biofertilizers, not fertilizers."
Microquimica revealed that it has invested close to R$1 million in research, analysis and structure throughout the registration process. "This value is unthinkable when it comes to fertilizers, where the records are obtained with practically no costs inherent in the process. So the record is very relevant for us, because it shows us that with our conviction and resilience, we can finally get the result we wanted," said Batista.
According to him, with the registration, sales should also be quite expressive: "As we operate in practically the whole country, in the main crops, our expectation is to treat, in the 2018/2019 harvest, up to one million hectares, with greater weight of the soybean crop, where we have 28 works, with an average increase of five bags per hectare, compared to an additional cost of about 17 kg of soybean grains. It is a return over 20 times the investment, quite advantageous for the rural producer. "