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Organic and Inorganic Approaches For Improving Soil Health And Cash Crops Yield And Quality

Our innovation improves yield of pineapple at 76.3 t ha-1 versus conventional fertilizers with 65.4 t ha-1. It also increases pineapple weight from 1.92 kg to 2.1 kg compared with the existing weight of 1.72 kg. For papaya, it increases fruit weight from 1.5 to 2 to 2.2 to 2.6 kg, improves papaya fruit yield from 30 to 62.4 t/ha-1, enhances fruit quality (11.62 – 12.08ºBrix), shortens fruit harvest from 8 to 6 months, and restores soil productivity. Our innovation also increased net profit of RM2,000 to RM 5,000 for rice yield, RM101,000 to RM122,000 for black pepper yield, maintain soil health, and reduced labour requirement in field management and turning agro-wastes into soil organic conditioners. We compiled our success story in documented files including licensing agreement with FCA Capital Sdn. Bhd. Kuala Lumpur. For the business plan, our innovation leads to wealth creation through efficient and sustainable use of unwanted agro-wastes. This does not only reduce the discharge of unwanted agro-wastes into the environment, but also adding value to these unwanted agro-wastes as soil organic amendments. Thus, these unwanted agro-wastes could be efficient to create wealth and improve socio-economic live-hood of many crop farmers.

Prof Dr. Ahmed Osumanu Haruna
Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry Science UPMKB

Date of Input: 30/03/2021 | Updated: 31/03/2021 | asrizam

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