Canchones Agricultural Experimental Station of Arturo Prat University, Iquique, Chile

 By Carolina Morales Pavez,

        During the Spring-Summer season in 2006 - 2007 at the Canchones Experimental Station, belonging to the Arturo Prat University of Iquique-Chile, an experiment was carried out with the cultivation of melon (Cucumis melo, cultivar Arava), under two systems of cultivation: Homa Agriculture and Conventional Agriculture (use of agrochemicals). In this sector, the records under the conventional production system indicate that this crop takes between 5 to 6 months to be ready for harvesting and marketing.

The crop which was managed with Homa Technology received:
1. Weekly applications of Agnihotra ash
2. Weekly applications of Homa bio-fertilizer ‘Gloria Biosol’
The observation showed that the Homa harvest started at 4 months, while the harvest with conventional treatment was with 5 months.

      It is interesting and useful to study the influence of the performance of the Agnihotra fire and the applications of its ash on the phenological cycles of the crops and to demonstrate that the continuous performance of Homa Therapy in an orchard shortens the phenological cycles of the plants, being a fundamental tool for crop planning.
                Photographic record of the melon crop during the investigation:
Conventional Treatment       Week 7    Homa Technology Treatment 

Week 11



Homa Treatment


Conventional Treatment


Conventional Treatment       Week 11    Homa Technology Treatment 
Conventional Treatment       Week 12    Homa Technology Treatment 
Conventional Treatment       Week 13    Homa Technology Treatment 
Conventional Treatment       Week 16    Homa Technology Treatment 
Conventional Treatment       Week 18    Homa Technology Treatment 

       The melon fruit is considered a valuable crop for its sensory characteristics. The color of the pulp, the firmness and the flavor are parameters that define the choice of one fruit or another at the time of consumption, affecting the demand.
    Consumers were interviewed during the same research carried out during the Spring - Summer cycle of the 2006 - 2007 season in the Arturo Prat University in Iquique, Chile.

     The results are according to a sensory analysis that was done with 10 people for both production systems. The following figure shows the approval rating for the Homa fruits being 44% acceptance in the classification of “Very Good”, in contrast with 13% obtained for the fruits produced by conventional treatment. There is a higher approval rating of 50% in the classification of “Good”. It is important to note that for both categories (Very Good and Good), the fruits under Homa Technology was rated with an 82% preference, while those under conventional treatment was rated with 63%.

    It is essential to continue conducting research on the effect of Homa Therapy on plants and agriculture in general, as it could provide fundamental tools for the development of sustainable agriculture and protecting and conserving natural resources.
  Besides, it is proving to be an alternative that is needed today in adapting to climate change, and the production of food in a clean way for a steadily growing human population.

Figure 1: Hedonic scale test for Homa and Conventional treatments.