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ARNICHEM

CORPORATION

2027 Magnolia St. Pleasant


Village, College, 4030 Laguna

®
Tel 63 49 536 8293
Tel/Fax 63 49 536-3224

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VITAL N
+63917-3245740
+63917-7963486 Biofertilizer
FPA REG NO.1-2 LF - 1043

A FARMER - FRIENDLY
AND SUSTAINABLE
AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGY
FOR INCREASING
CROP YIELD
AND INCOME
What is VITAL N® is an environmentally-friendly,
inexpensive, and easy-to-use biofertilizer
developed by Arnichem with the

VITAL N®? assistance of the Philippine Rice Research


Institute. It is a seed inoculant for rice,
corn, bananas, onions, garlic, tomatoes,
tobacco, cotton, and other crops.

VITAL N® is a special
formulation of dried
Azospirillum sp cells, as
well as other vitamins
and minerals. This
special formula increases
yield, reduces the
amount of fertilizer
needed, protects plants
from disease-causing
organisms, resulting in
healthier plants and higher yield.

VITAL N® comes in powder form. It has a long shelf life of at least three years,
in contrast to the rapid loss of viability of moist preparations of Azospirillum sp. It
comes in a very convenient 100g package of powder, which is enough to treat 20-40
kg of rice seeds, or 18 kg of corn seeds, avoiding the bulkiness of other biofertilizers.

Once opened, the VITAL N® should be used all at


once. If this is not possible, it should be protected
from air and water and refrigerated. It turns colored
when mixed with water or wet seeds.

It is compatible with fungicides and insecticides.


What is
Azospirillum sp?
Azospirillum sp is a naturally-occurring bacterium found in
Philippine soil. Because it generates plant growth hormones
like IAA, it promotes extensive root systems in plants, cytokinins,
and gibberellin-like substances, resulting in healthy and sturdy
plants, higher yield, and more solid grains.

It also produces substances that help dissolve nutrients within


the soil, allowing these to be
more readily available to the
plant. This results in greater
nutrient absorption and
increased fertilizer efficiency.

In addition, Azospirillum captures nitrogen from the air,


making it available as plant food and lowering nitrogen
fertilizer requirements, and produces a bacteriocin that
destroys disease-causing organisms.

Other ingredients have been added to the VITAL N®


formulation to protect the Azospirillum and keep it
viable, to help it stick to the seeds and roots of the plant,
to extend shelf life, and a dye to serve as in indicator that
the biofertilizer has already been applied to the plant.
What are some of the
effects of VITAL N®?
VITAL N® promotes seedling
vigor, causing seeds to sprout
readily.

VITAL N® hastens root growth.


More extensive root networks
allow for better absorption of Corn roots without Corn Roots with
VITAL N® VITAL N®
soil nutrients, reduced run-off and
water take-up. This results in more
vigorous and sturdy plants.

VITAL N® reduces fertilizer requirements and


increases yields for corn, rice, vegetables, and
other crops.

VITAL N® protects crops from root


Testimonials
from Farmers
and Scientists
Individual farmers all over the country
report better seedling vigor, increased
yields, lower fertilization costs, and
resistance to disease due to the use of
VITAL N®.

Dr. Edwin Honrade of the University of Southern Mindanao reports that his
preliminary experiments show that VITAL N® protects rice from bacterial
leaf blight from soil-borne diseases. Rice farmers from other parts of the
country report similar results.

Dr. Romulo Davide in Bantayan, Cebu obtained more than a 100% increase
in yield when VITAL N® was applied as compared to when nothing was
applied, and is comparable to results obtained when complete fertilizer was
applied.

VITAL N® solutions
prepared for rice and
corn have been used
to water fruit trees
like calamansi, papaya
and oranges, resulting
in the production of
more fruits from the
treated trees. It has
also been applied
to mint and is a
suitable substitute for
inorganic fertilizer.

As of Spring 2004, seeds for more than 30,000


hectares have been treated with VITAL N®
and reports have been very favorable. Farmers
in the Ilocos region have not only used it to
increasetheir rice and corn crops but also their
vegetable and fruit yields like pepper, ampalaya,
tomato, eggplant, watermelon and Chinese
cabbage (pechay).

Rice treated with VITAL N® yielded heavier


grains, has higher milling recovery and lesser
broken grains than untreated rice.

Watermelons were larger and more robust when


plants were treated with VITAL N®.

Onions treated with VITAL N® are heavier,


with tighter and glossier skin, and do not easily
succumb to post harvest rot.

Tomatoes and eggplants treated with the


product were more productive because they
were protected from bacterial wilt.
List of Benefits Application

RICE
a. Protects rice from bacterial leaf blight ( BLB), a disease A. Rice seeds
common to hybrids and many inbreds during the wet 1. Dissolve 100g VITAL N® Green in 1 liter clean water
season and also from bakanai disease 2. Mix it well with 40-80 kgs pre-germinated seeds 30
mins. prior to planting
b. Results in yield difference of about 1 MT/ha with or
without added inorganic fertilizer (except when too B. Rice seedlings (Traditional planting method)
much fertilizer is already added as practiced by some 1. Dissolve 100g VITAL N®Green in 16-20 liters clean
farmers) water.
2. Spray or soak the roots in the VITAL N®Green
c. Robust plants with more productive tillers solution
30 mins. prior to planting or you may leave the sprayed
d. Results in heavier whole grains and higher milling seedlings overnight before planting.
recovery

e. Lower costs by reducing the number of bags of


inorganic fertilizer added and higher
profits
( Recommended reduction: 2 bags/ha from
recommended inorganic fertilizer rate )
( 1 bag urea and 1 bag complete)

CORN
a. Increase yields by at least 1 MT/ha at lower cost by A. Corn seeds (Dry mix for mechanical planting)
reducing added inorganic fertilizer by at least 2 1. Thoroughly mix 100g VITAL N® with 18 kgs corn
bags/ha from recommended inorganic seeds.
fertilization rate 2. Plant seeds immediately.
( 1 bag urea and 1 bag complete)
b. Yields fuller grains and larger corn cobs B. Corn seeds (Moist seeds)
c. Helps corn withstand late drought 1. Dissolve 100g VITAL N®Gold with 2.5 liters clean
d. Helps corn recover rapidly from pest attack water.
2. Mix well with seeds 30 mins. prior to planting.

TOBACCO
a. Gives higher germination 1. Sowing
b. Protects tobacco from bacterial wilt Mix 1 heaping tablespoonful of VITAL N® with 2 kgs
c. Increases leaf yields at lower cost by substituting for 2 moistened tobacco seeds 30 mins. prior to planting.
bags urea/ha
d. Makes plant very robust 2. Transplanting
Dissolve the rest of the 100 g VITAL N® in 16-20 liters
of
water. Dip the seedlings in this solution or spray
the solution on the roots of the seedlings 30 mins.
prior to transplanting.
TOMATO AND EGGPLANT
a. Increases seed germination 1. Sowing
b. Protects tomato and eggplant from bacterial wilt Mix 1 heaping tablespoonful of VITAL N® with 1 kg of
c. Increases yields at lower cost by substituting for 2 bags moistened tomato or eggplant seeds 30 mins. prior to
(urea & complete)/ha or more ( vegetable farmers tend planting.
to put more fertilizer than the recommended rate,
hence as much as 4 bags maybe reduced, if urea is too 2. Transplanting
high, reduce this) Dissolve the rest of the 100 g VITAL N® in 16-20 liters
d. Lengthens productive life of
water. Dip the seedlings in this solution or spray the
solution on the roots of the seedlings 30 mins. prior to
planting.

ONIONS
a. Increases seed germination 1. Sowing
b. Protects onions from fungal root rot Mix 1 heaping tablespoonful of VITAL N® with 2-3
c. Increases yields at lower cost by substituting for 2 bags kgs
(urea & complete)/ha or more ( vegetable farmers tend of moistened onion seeds 30 mins. prior to planting.
to put more fertilizer than the recommended rate,
hence as much as 4 bags maybe reduced, if urea is too 2. Transplanting
high, reduce this) Dissolve the rest of the 100 g VITAL N® in 16-20 liters
d. Produces larger, more solid bulbs ( if smaller bulbs are of
preferred, increase the density of planting) water. Dip the seedlings in this solution or spray the

CHINESE CABBAGE (PECHAY) AND OTHER VEGETABLES


a. Results in earlier maturity of plants by 5-7 days 1. Sowing
b. Produces more robust, greener plants Mix 1 heaping tablespoonful of VITAL N® with 2 kgs
c. Reduce fertilizer requirement by one-half of moistened seeds 30 mins. prior to planting.
recommended rate or if soil is naturally fertile,
VITAL N® is enough, no fertilizer is needed. 2. Transplanting
d. Protects plants from soil pathogens Dissolve the rest of the 100 g VITAL N® in 16-20 liters
of water. Dip the seedlings in this solution or spray the
solution on the roots of the seedlings 30 mins. prior to
planting.

BITTER GOURD (AMPALAYA) AND WATERMELON


a. Increases seed germination Mix 1 heaping tablespoonful or 25 g of VITAL N® with 2 kgs
b. Produces more robust plants, of moistened ampalaya or watermelon seeds 30 mins. prior to
c. Increases yields at lower cost by substituting for 2 bags planting.
(urea & complete)/ha or more (vegetable farmers tend
to put more fertilizer than the recommended rate,
hence as much as 4 bags maybe reduced, if urea is too
high, reduce this)
d. Lengthens productive life
e. Produces larger fruits (especially when used on
watermelons)
ORCHIDS
a. Gives more robust, greener plants Dissolve 100g VITAL N® Green in 16-20 liters clean water and
b. Induces early flowering spray on the roots of the plants. Apply every 6 months.
c. Non-flowering plants are known to flower with
VITAL N® treatment

PINEAPPLE
Apply VITAL N®preferably in the afternoon.
VITAL N® helps produce more vigorous plants with lower
Dissolve 100g VITAL N® in about 1 liter of water in a screw-
fertilizer requirements.
capped bottle/jar. Let stand for about 30 minutes or more. Shake
vigorously, pour into back pack sprayer/container and add more
water to make16-20 liters solution. Spray on the pineapple slips,
let stand overnight and plant immediately in the morning.

If tissue-cultured planting stock is used, dip pineapple plantlets


newly taken out from the bottle in VITAL N® solution prior to
hardening. Dip again in VITAL N® solution prior to individual
potting or water the plantlets with VITAL N® solution after
transferring to individual pots.

SUGARCANE
Apply VITAL N® preferably in the afternoon.
VITAL N® helps produce more vigorous plants with higher
sugar yields at lower fertilizer usage.
Dissolve 100g VITAL N® in about 1 liter of water in a screw-
capped bottle/jar. Let stand for about 30 minutes or more. Shake
vigorously, pour into back pack sprayer/container and add more
water to make16-20 liters solution. Spray on the cane tops at the
bottom end, let stand overnight and plant immediately in the
morning.

If tissue-cultured planting stock is used, dip sugarcane plantlets


newly taken out from the bottle in VITAL N® solution prior to
hardening. Dip again in VITAL N® solution prior to individual
potting or water the plantlets with VITAL N® solution after
transferring to individual pots.