Knowledge

Understanding the labels on your fertilizer bag

Fertilizers are chemical elements supplied to crops to increase their productivity. Typically fertilizers contain nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. Fertilizers enhance the retention capacity of the soil and increase its fertility.

The general definition of NPK are as listed:

  1. Nitrogen – The leaf maker. Symbol as N
  2. Phosphorus – The root maker/flower inducer. Symbol as P
  3. Potassium – The flower inducer/fruit maker. Symbol as K

The fertilizer bag is labeled to represent the NPK rate it carries.

Palm oil to recover in second half (2H), fuelled by China, India uptake

Credit: Workers sort bunches of harvested oil palm fruit at the Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. palm oil plant in Besout, Perak.

Photographer: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg

KUALA LUMPUR: The local palm oil sector is poised to begin its recovery in the second half (2H) of 2020 following the easing of Covid-19 lockdowns globally.

This would, in turn, improve global demand from major consumers particularly China and India, said Boustead Plantations Bhd chief executive officer Ibrahim Abdul Majid.

The upstream oil palm plantation company predicted that stockpiles will dwindle in anticipation of better demand for edible oil in the global food supply chain.

“For the short-term, the sector is expected to remain impacted, we continue to adopt a longer-term view given the nature of our industry,” Ibrahim told the New Straits Times.

He is also optimistic for the year ahead given the crude palm oil (CPO) export tax exemption aimed at managing Malaysia’s stock level, which has to a certain extent lifted prices.

Ibrahim said Indian buyers had resumed purchasing Malaysian palm oil after a four-month gap following a diplomatic row, with buying spurred by a fall in domestic inventories and discounted prices.

“Even though the short-term prospects for the plantation sector are weak given the current environment, we are optimistic that prospects will improve as the world sees a gradual recovery,” he added.

Ibrahim said Malaysia Palm Oil Council’s (MPOC) had forecast CPO prices to hit a peak of RM2,594 per tonne in 2H, and this would improve Boustead Plantations’ bottom line.

“We expect to see enhanced fresh fruit bunches (FFB) production in 2020, due to the full-year consolidation of production from Tawai estates.

“At the same time, harvesters’ productivity which is addressed via our Transformation Programme is also expected to have a positive impact on FFB production,” he said.

Ibrahim said the company expected its average CPO price for 2020 to be in the range of RM2,400 to RM2,500, benefitting from the palm oil export tax exemption from July until December this year under the National Economic Recovery Plan and significant recovery in global palm oil demand from May.

“Demand is expected to be a key factor in determining prospects for CPO in 2020 and 2021.”

He added that the lingering effects of the Covid-19 crisis were likely to curtail disposable income particularly in relation to food in developing countries.

This, in turn, may curb the prospective uptrend in world consumption of oils and fats.

“We expect the large demand losses stemming from the lockdowns in the first-half of 2020 to be recouped by next year.

“Overall, this forecast is based on the assumption that the Covid-19 pandemic comes under reasonable control soon.”

Ibrahim, however, said if the pandemic did not come under control, this would put another round of downward pressure on all major commodities

link: https://www.nst.com.my/business/2020/07/611829/palm-oil-recover-2h-fuelled-china-india-uptake

Credit: NST By Ayisy Yusof – July 27, 2020 @ 8:22am

Granule Borax compaction exercise and info

Granule Borax is one of the products that we carry under the Evermax brand.

In order to form the powdery borax into granular form, we need to add some binders and some fertilizer and nutrients into it.

Once that is done, a compaction machine will mix it and turn it into granular form.

The powdery borax was from abroad and the process turning it into granular form is done in Malaysia.

 

 

 

Unloading of Ulexite and collection of composite sample

Below are the activity by Everchem Corporation on the unloading of Ulexite and being inspected and composite sample collection exercise by SGS Malaysia.

CONTAINER LOCK BEING IDENTIFIED BY SGS MALAYSIA

OPENING THE CONTAINER

UNLOADING OF ULEXITE FROM THE CONTAINER

SGS MALAYSIA’S AUDITOR

COMPOSITE SAMPLES BEING COLLECTED

COMPOSITE SAMPLES COLLECTED

SEALING THE ULEXITE BAG

TOTAL NUMBER OF ULEXITE BAGS UNLOADED

ARRIVAL OF THE CONTAINER

UNLOADING OF ULEXITE BAGS FROM THE CONTAINER

SAMPLE GATHERING EXERCISE

Cargo Inspection and Manual Sampling

The manual sampling method was agreed with the SGS Principal, as sampling by more reliable methods that provide probability samples was not possible.

The collected MANUAL samples of this type do not satisfy the minimum requirements for probability sampling, and as such cannot be used to draw statistical inferences such as precision, standard error, or bias.

Granular Ulexite Sample

Composite Sample SGS Certified

A Greener Way to Produce Ammonia

Ammonia is a form of a renewable fuel that if made of sun, air and water. Unlike most fertilizers, fuel and sources of energy, ammonia is able to power the globe without the use of carbon.A vast usage of ammonia is as fertilizer. Ammonia is able to fulfill the need of plants, providing the plants with nitrogen which is then used as a building block for plant protein and DNA. Ammonia is manufactured via a chemical process known as the Haber-Bosch process. This process enables reactors to produce ammonia at a higher rate than natural processes. Since the development of the process in the past few decades, the technology has enabled farmers to feed the ever-growing population of the world.

Although the Haber-Bosch process has led to the Green Revolution, the process itself is not green. In the process, hydrogen gas is first stripped off from natural resources such as coal or natural gas in a highly pressurized, super-heated steam reactor. This process leaves behind carbon dioxide. Then nitrogen is obtained from the air, which consists of 78% nitrogen. Next, to combine the nitrogen and hydrogen together to form ammonia, a very high pressure is needed in the reactor. This process leaves behind a big negative impact on the environment as a lot of fossil fuel is consumed in order to generate the needed pressure for the process.In order to avoid the damage done to the resources and the environment, a greener way of ammonia production is researched by researchers. Instead of using the Haber-Bosch process, reverse fuel cells are used to produce ammonia. This process utilizes air and water and a far more environmentally friendly technique to produce ammonia. This renewable ammonia produced could be used globally as fertilizer or as an energy-dense fuel.

Loading of Borate Fertilizer

This is the exercise of us loading 40 metric tonnes of Borate Fertilizer in our Port Klang’s warehouse to be delivered to our buyer in Pasir Gudang, Johor.

Our Borate Fertilizer is a slow-boron. It ensures prolonged availability of its nutrients in the soil, our Borate Fertilizer is the best solution to ensure healthy growth and good yield of your crops.

Loading of Borate Fertilizer in Port Klang

Our Daebak Borate Fertilizer

To reduce nutrient losses, crops are advised to use slow-release, fertilizer. It is to overcome the low use efficiency mostly caused by high rainfall environment (Abat, 2014)

Reference of citation: Abat, M. (2015). The development of new slow-release boron fertilizers.

 

 

Stuffing exercise from Jakarta to Port Klang

This is the stuffing process of 100 metric tonnes of our product that is, Granular Zeolite from Jakarta to Port Klang for the month of April 2020.

This is the closed up look of the Granular Zeolite

This is the Granular Zeolite being bagged individually

The bagged Granular Zeolite is then shifted by hand into the container

Each bags is being arranged and stuffed neatly inside the container 

The stuffing is done by hand, to make sure the bags are neat, tidy with no damages

The filled up container is then ready to be shipped to our buyer in Malaysia

The effect of Covid-19 and Movement Control Order on agriculture in Malaysia

The novel Coronavirus or Covid-19 has been spreading across the nation in increasing rates daily. This virus has forced Malaysia to go under Movement Control Order since 18th March 2020. The Movement Control Order is a very crucial step taken by the government to avoid the spreading of the virus in Malaysia. Due to this, there are many effects on the economy, personal income and environment resulting from agricultural activities. Some of the effects are discussed below.One of the drawbacks of the Movement Control Order (MCO) is that most of the local and global trade markets are kept on hold. Locally, many farmers are facing a drop in income as their sales do not reach the targets. Small scale farmers are losing their income as there is not much demand for fruits at this point. Most consumers prefer to stock up food such as rice, bread and canned food during the MCO while fruits are often neglected. On a global scale, large scale farmers and traders of fruits are also experiencing loss as the import-export activities have been closed down due to the MCO.Next, many farmers are losing their optimum yield as they are unable to get their fertilizer on time for fertilizing the crops. MCO has urged the shops to be closed as a preventive method to avoid the further spreading of Covid-19 in Malaysia. Therefore, missing the fertilizing period, can cause a drop in yield for the farmers.

On the other hand, there are also some pros from the MCO as observed by the community. Due to the limited movement time and flexibility to buy daily essentials, many consumers tend to stock up on food. As for Malaysia, the most consumed food is rice and grains. Therefore, the demand for these food sources has increased due to panic buying.Other than that, since fertilizing and aerating new land for farms during the MCO period is impossible, the impact can be seen in the environment. There is less water pollution in the lakes surrounding the plantations. Also, since transportation is banned for transporting the produce to markets or other places, there is also a drop in air pollution during this moment.Lastly, although MCO may cause difficulties for some parties, we should understand that it is crucial to follow the rules of MCO by staying home and avoiding public places to curb the further spread of the virus. The economy can slowly be recovered later on, but lost lives cannot be brought back. Therefore, stay home and save lives.

 

Production process to containerization

This is the production process of our product Silicate Fertilizer from its production until containerization.

The production is processed in Korea and delivered to our buyer in Tawau, Malaysia. The process is as listed.

The process starts by processing the raw materials into Silicate Fertilizer.

Next, we pack them individually in their bag in an automated way.

After packing, each of the products is transported via the conveyor belt in the manufacturing line onto the pallet.

We pile the products in each pallet before automatedly cling wrap them.

Once it is clung wrap we forklift them and arrange them on each pallet in the warehouse.

The products are made ready to be stuffed into the container and shipped to our buyer.