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Production of compost from organic materials and agro waste


Samsu Baharuddin, Azhari and Abu Hassan, Norhasmillah and Muhamad, Zambahari and Sulaiman, Alawi and Dzulkornain, Chairil Anuar and Mokhtar, Mohd Noriznan and Yahya, Azmi (2014) Production of compost from organic materials and agro waste. In: Persidangan Kebangsaan Kedua Program Pemindahan Ilmu (KTP 02), 9-11 Sept. 2014, Putrajaya, Malaysia. (pp. 274-282).


Collaboration between Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) and Highbiz Trading Sdn. Bhd. was established to transfer knowledge related to composting of organic materials and agro waste. The programme was conducted in Bagan Datoh, Perak community. Feedstock assessment showed that agro waste namely coir dust, poultry manure, oil palm fibre and risk husk are potential feedstock to be utilized into value added product. Oil palm fibre and poultry manure were chosen for the project. These materials were mixed with 1:1 ratio. From 20 t of mixed feedstock produced 10 t of compost. Based on the production of compost, the knowledge related to composting has been successfully transferred to the community. If the system expands to 2,100 t/yr of compost produced in future, a preliminary economic analysis showed that with selling price of RM600/t, the payback period will be 2.83 years and internal rate of return (IRR) will be 7%. However, it is found that this project has problems and limitation such as location of the compost site, social acceptance, travelling distance, facilities and supply of feedstock to be overcome in future. In addition, financial assistance is the critical matters that to be looked into before undertake the project. This project has the potential to be commercialized if the problems and limitation has been arranged.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences
Faculty of Engineering
Publisher: Program Pemindahan Ilmu - Kementerian Pendidikan Malaysia
Keywords: Compost; Poultry manure; Oil palm fibre; Economic analysis
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 06:42
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 06:42
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/66399
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