A seaweed-based biostimulant brand is looking to work with regenerative farmers following interest from the sector at the start of the year.
UK importer and distributor of Algifol, Marcus Palmer, wants to establish field trials with regenerative farmers in 2023. The move follows a rise in enquires from farmers saying that they want to apply biostimulants as part of their regenerative techniques.
Mr Palmer said that he has received calls and emails from farmers requesting information about Algifol and its benefits: “Algifol is produced by Neomed Pharma in Germany, and they have undertaken a considerable amount of research around the world to document its positive effect on a wide range of crops. One area they are yet to look into is regenerative farming within the UK, so we decided to take this on.
“We’d like to hear from regenerative farmers who are willing to apply Algifol to their crops and work with us to gauge its effect. We will supply the Algifol they need free of charge, so there is nothing to lose.”
Derived from dried and refined brown algae, Algifol is an entirely natural liquid with a wealth of trace elements, vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, carbohydrates, polyuronides and growth-regulating plant hormones. Producers, Neomed Pharma, say that Algifol is a natural nitrogen source due to the high presence of amino acids and peptides, making it ideal for combined use with reduced amounts of N fertiliser. When used with a reduced amount of fertiliser, Algifol naturally improves the nitrogen use efficiency of the crop, producing a better yield and reducing the use of costly fertilisers.
Sales of Agifol increased by 33% in 2022, partly due to the rising cost of fertilisers and partly to a growing number of farmers looking for natural ways to boost their crops’ resistance to extreme weather conditions and increase yield and quality.
Algifol is available in one-litre and 10-litre cans directly from Mr Palmer’s website – www.mjpsupplies.co.uk.
Regenerative farmers interested in partnering with Marcus should email [email protected] or call 07702 293727.