Effective Microorganisms

This morning amidst torrential rains, Ya’axche held a training session for about 25 people on the use and benefits of effective microorganism (EM) use in agriculture. The owner of Belize Agro-Enterprise Ltd (BAEL) came down to present the concepts.

BAEL Representative Shows the Proper Mixture

BAEL Representative Shows the Proper Mixture

EM technology is not new. In fact, most of it centers on replenishing natural organisms that are lost from soil when it’s cultivated. It allows farmers to boost crop yield without using chemicals, and can also be used for supplying aquaculture and livestock, as well as treating waste water. It eats sewer sludge, combats industrial pollution, and helps in cleaning up oil spills. In Columbia it is required when mixing cement as its anti-oxidant qualities help maintain the cement’s integrity over the years.

Community Outreach Officer Julio Chub tries EM

Community Outreach Officer Julio Chub tries EM

The primary players in EM are lactic acid bacteria, yeast, phototrophic bacteria, filamentous fungi and protozoa. Fermented in molasses and water, the resulting product is a copper-colored liquid that smells a lot like fermenting cider. In fact, the concoction can be drunk … though it’s strong taste is not for the faint of heart!

Local farmers are mostly interested in this technology for composting.  Application of EM liquid (mixed in small concentration with water) can greatly expedite organic composting. And those who maintained fish farms showed great interest in its ability to reduce green algae blooms.

More information on effective microorganisms can be found at this site run by the research founder, or at this site on its agricultural and business uses.

Learning Proper Compost Techniques

Learning Proper Compost Techniques



  1. […] technology to increase productivity is the easy part.  We emphasize composting and agroforestry to maximize yield per acre.  We push organic production and healthy eating to […]

  2. Would like very much to know of the progress with the use of EM since our representative made its presentation to your organization. Since then we have not heard from you all.

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