InfoSAWIT, NUSA DUA – Palm oil plantations in Indonesia substitute the waste, such as, palm oil mill effluent (POME) and empty fruit bunch (EFB) to be compost. This is done for it is usefull to save the fertilizer cost reaching about 10%.
Head of Research and Development, PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk, Jajang Supriatna explained that the usage of organic compost from palm oil waste, such as, POME and EFB could be one sustainable effort in palm oil plantation.
“Based on the conclusion and the test done, compost usage from POME and EFB could give economic advantages, such as, substituting the mineral fertilizer about 20% to 30%,” he said in International Conference Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE) 2018 in Nusa Dua, Bali recently.
The other advantage, he continued, is that the waste, such as, POME and EFB could be minial to get rid of, and even up to 0%. “The main advantages are, it could save the fertilizer cost about 10%, decrease green – house gas emission, and increase the quality of the soil,” he said.
Besides he also mentioned, the organic compost usage could maintain the microfauna in the soil so that it could guarantee the sustainability of the ecosystem in the soil. “The organic compost from the waste is more useful than it using chemical fertilizer,” he said. (T2)