Posted by adminDecember 13, 2007News

Wealth from Waste

Selangor is an active proponent of recycling refuse and better farming methods.
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Children learning how to use the special recycling bins for plastic, glass and paper refuse.

For too long, waste has been on the increase, and the situation has become critical with landfills becoming scarce. Necessity, it seems, is the Mother of invention.

In Selangor, waste is not waste. It has become a valued industry with the state’s “waste for wealth” programme, in which local authorities who turn to recycling or promote greening efforts are given a RM1mil incentive for reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfills.

Through this programme, vegetable and green waste are processed and turned into compost and this programme, aptly named Greenwaste, has managed to process some 20 tonnes of garbage daily.

The state government advocates the use of this compost in the agricultural areas. The state agriculture development corporation implemented this programme in three zones – Petaling, Klang and Selayang.

The processing plant for these green and vegetable refuse will be completed and ready to operate by the end of this year in Petaling and Klang while the one in Selayang is expected to take off next year.

The waste to wealth programme will also see a reduction in the tipping fees that the local authorities bear while the Greenwaste programme will see the coffers of the authorities filled from the sale of the compost.

The state has also introduced zero burning of padi husk after the harvesting season. With assistance from the private sector, farmers now are paid to sell their padi husk, which would be turned into compost, fodder, or be used as a protecting layer for slopes.

To assist farmers, the state government is providing allocation for the purchase of 66 units of balers to compact the husk before they are processed.

In the production of rice, the state government has implemented a central management programme and the unification of padi land.

Some 19,745ha of padi fields in the state are expected to produce 10 tonnes of padi per hectare a season.

Ongoing research is being carried out to increase the yield to 15 tonnes per hectare (t/ha). The current national yield average is at 4.58t/ha while the yield in Selangor is now 7.14t/ha.

The Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation is also in the final stages of implementing the “Fruit Salad” project, which will see close to 200 farmers participating as contract farmers and planting fruits such as watermelon, pineapple (breed N36), star fruit, honey mango and papaya, which they will supply on a daily basis for export.

Initial demand is expected at six tones and within six months, the demand is expected to rise to 22 tonnes on a daily basis.

(Source: The Star Online, 11 December 2007)

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