Archive for February, 2010

Pot trials for lettuce set up

February 23, 2010

Pot trials were set up with Cambodia’s Department of Agriculture and Community Development (APSARA authority) research farm.
Soil was amended with combinations of biochar, compost, lake sediment and organic fertiliser (produced from pig manure). 7 treatments and 4 replicates were set up for lettuces grown in pots.
The soil amendments aim to improve the soil for growing vegetables, and the weight of the lettuces (roots and leaves), and height will be recorded to determine each treatment’s effectiveness.

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Gasification unit

February 13, 2010

A SME gasification unit at EAP Sophat ice factory, in Kralanh District Town.

Biocharm 2009

February 10, 2010

The initial visit to Cambodia in November and December 2009 was a great success.

This was a scoping visit to investigate potential crop trial locations. Some great contacts were made, and the first deployment of biochar was made on the 19th December. Lessons were learned about the logistics of moving truck loads of biochar around Cambodia, and methods of application to different soils were tested.

Biochar was added to 5 field sites, which comprised of a total of 17 plots (including controls).

Things were also set in motion for the next stage to begin in January 2010.