Composting is an important part of organic farming – as it is the start of all things healthy. It is a suitable alternative to synthetic chemical fertilizers and other soil amendments & makes a healthier choice.
While chemical fertilizers provide a quick boost to spurt plant growth, they tend to be low in micronutrients, minerals and beneficial organisms that plants need for long-term growth.
Synthetic fertilizers can also damage soil organisms, like earthworms, upsetting the soil health and ecosystem. Their continued use can also reduce soil long-term sustainability.
Organic Compost Research Milestones
May 2017 – Sarawak Biodiversity Centre
Satoyama Farm signed an MTA with Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) to transfer Trichoderma found on our farm to do R&D for composting.Since then, we have successfully utilized beneficial microbes from our farm to digest fiber to produce organic fertilizer in 2 months.
We will work with SBC and relevant partners for commercial production of Trichoderma.Find Out More
Aug 2018 – Universiti Teknologi Mara
Another strategic partner is UiTM Sarawak where we are currently conducting joint R&D on potential beneficial microbes in production of microbial cellulase enzyme for degradation of organic materials,which can be added into compost to enhance the growth of plants.
One of our consultants is Dr Jenny Lee. As the former director of Sabah Agricultural Research Institute,Dr Jenny provides invaluable advice on methods for large scale production of compost and efficient Organic Planting. In addition, Dr Jenny has a background in Chemistry and Plant Physiology.Find Out More