Dr. Rodrigo Flores Sebidos
Agricultural productivity in most farmlands in the Philippines is presently being afflicted with pests and disease problems,
soil degradation, low fertility and water supply and low yield that threaten the food security and sufficiency of the region.
Therefore, the continuing quest for better technology that addresses these problems is being sought. Among these remedies is
through a Japanese-Taiwanese technology that developed a fertilizer technology named X-Tekh Liquid Foliar Bio-Fertilizer. It
is composed of X-Tekh Bio-fertilizer Microorganisms for vegetative growth and X-Tekh Potassium Bio-Fertilizer for flowering
and grain development. It is a foliar liquid organic fertilizer that provides the necessary conditions to help remedy the
effects of the above mentioned problems that beset rice.
Rice, a fertilizer dependent crop requires at least 4 bags of fertilizer in order to raise the yield above economic threshold.
X-Tekh Bio-fertilizer can be a substitute/or in combination with inorganic fertilizer. Considering the cost of 1 bag of
inorganic fertilizer now a days against X-Tekh micro/or potassium is more economical.
The advantage of X-Tekh products does not reside only on the NPK content but in the presence of equally important ingredients
as follows; a) beneficial micro-organisms, b) micro nutrients, c) hormones, d) organic acids, etc. that is not found in the
ordinary inorganic chemical fertilizer. Based on observation, rice plants sprayed with X-Tekh compared with plants applied with
inorganic fertilizer alone grow and yield better. The possibility that in the presence of beneficial microorganisms, nutrients
are made available towards the roots of the plant for better growth and development is not remote. The pH neutralizing effects
of micronutrients in X-Tekh is another important benefit derived by plants that regulates acidity of the soil. Beneficial
microorganism such as mycorrhiza, nitrosomonas, etc.) and other nitrogen-fixing-bacteria not found in chemical fertilizer
provides farmers with fertilizer free of charged. Rice farmers knows the long-term damaging effects of chemical fertilizers
to the environment and it appears that X-Tekh technology is a better way of providing safer and environment friendly nutrient
supply and at the same time protect the land from deleterious effects of chemical degradation of the soil.
Another important observation in the use of X-Tekh products is the reduction in the need to apply insecticide. It was noted
that rice farms at VSU is pesticide-free. How this condition happened is not fully understood but it was observed that there
was an increased presence of beneficial insects in the field. The use of X-Tekh potassium is another worth adopting activity
as it was observed that X-Tekh potassium facilitates uniform emergence of panicles and maturity of grains. The developing
grains are well developed and plants produced heavier panicles.
If these favorable attributes of X-Tekh is translated into economic benefits, farmers will have better returns from their
investment principally due to timely harvest (uniform maturity of the grains), better price and less environmental risks.
Therefore, using X-Tekh products lead to; better economic benefits socially equitable, sustainable and an environment-friendly
Dr. Rodrigo Flores Sebidos
Department of Plant Breeding and Genetic Resources
Visayas State University
ViSCA, Baybay City, Leyte