Chitose Agri Laboratory Sdn. Bhd.（CHITOSE GROUP）and Malaysian company Sime Darby Plantation Berhad※1 collaborated on an organic fertilizer development project ※2 (Product name：Trichoderma fortified compost）. The product is now on a trial sale under Sime Darby Plantation Berhad.’s brand name “Flemington’s”. This fertilizer is already introduced to palm plantations, banana and mango farms.
※1 Sime Darby Plantation Berhad is a part of the group of companies under Sime Darby Berhad, which is the biggest conglomerate in Malaysia that is active in various industries such as plantation, real estate, construction machinery, automobile, energy, etc.
※2 Sime Darby Plantation Berhad provides the resources and Chitose Agri Laboratory Sdn. Bhd. provides manufacturing technology.
Biogas Biogas released from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) is the single largest emission source of our operations. The biogas plants capture and utilize POME to generate renewable energy for milling operations and nearby communities, with the goal of reducing our carbon footprint by 40%.
■About organic fertilizer “Trichoderma fortified compost”
The newly developed organic fertilizer is manufactured from palm plantation organic waste. This is not just simply an organic fertilizer but it contains “trichoderma filamentous fungi”, which has an inhibitory effect against “ganoderma filamentous fungi”. Since “trichoderma filamentous fungi” is not only a disease-inhibitor but also an important microbe that is found in soil microflora, it is possible to develop soil that fundamentally has lesser risk of causing diseases, just by enriching the soil condition (microbiota) that can prevent root decay.
For this time’s development, we have used our own original agriculture equipment ‘Chitose Soil Flora (CSF)’ that improves the compost production process and increases needed bacteria in the compost at low cost. The main point of this equipment is that it is a Circular Agriculture System, since organic waste from palm plantations can be used as raw material.
■Activities of Chitose Group in the palm industry
“Palm oil” which is the most consumed vegetable oil in the world is not only used for food but also for detergents and cosmetics. Year after year the demand for it is increasing. But on the other hand it is a big issue that during the process of extracting the oil from the fruit of the palm trees, palm oil organic wastewater and wastes pollute the nearby environment and water.
In order to improve the environmental condition, CHITOSE GROUP has 2 projects ongoing in Southeast Asia (mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia) where 85% of the palm oils are produced.
The two projects are ‘Change Wastewater into Biomass’ and ‘Make Use of Disposable Waste to Create Rich Microflora’. Details are as follows:
・Project 1．Convert agricultural waste into microbial inoculants and enrich soil microbiota in Southeast Asia.
・Project 2．Decompose organic wastewater by using functions of microorganisms and convert it into biomass.
The development of the organic fertilizer was the result of Project 1.
As intensive agricultural system and inappropriate farm field management is causing the decrease in soil that is proper for agricultural growth, we are aiming to change and improve Southeast Asia’s soil through activities like these.
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