The agricultural industry uses several organic products for various purposes. One of the most widely used products in the agricultural industry is coconut fibre. Coconut fibre, or more accurately coco peat, is derived from coconut husks. It is cleaned, dried and compressed into several forms to be used in agriculture, horticulture, home gardens and many other industries.
The coconut fibre derivative is an economical means for the agricultural industry to boost crop growth. Coco peat is a completely organic product, which has no side effects and leaves no harmful traces on the crops. It is a good soil additive and provides several benefits that make it cost effective:
- It works as manure substitute to some extent since it has naturally occurring hormones that encourage the development of strong roots.
- Unsterilized BioActive Cocopeat contains a type of fungus called trichoderma, which acts along with the roots of the plants to protect the plant from several varieties of pathogenic fungi, thus saving on pesticide costs.
- When mixed with soil, coconut fibre provides a good potting base since it is slightly acidic in nature.
- It holds large amount of water and once it becomes completely dry, it rewets easily without the addition of chemicals.
- Coconut fibre contains high amounts of lignin and cellulose which makes it ideal for growing plants that need cellulose to survive.
- When used along with soil nutrients, it can keep the nutrients suspended within its fibres until the time when the plant needs it.
- BioActive Cocopeat is re-usable. It lasts for up to 5 years before the stock needs to be replaced. However, care must be taken not to use coco peat in which diseased plants grew.
As is evident, using coconut fibre for agricultural work provides several benefits, thus leading the industry to save money. This is what makes coco peat a pocket friendly agricultural product