Indmira Held a Workshop on Making a Liquid Organic Fertilizer

April 14, 2016 - News

Household organic waste from our kitchens and dining tables, can be useful for us if we treat it wisely. One of the uses of this byproduct is as the base material for a liquid organic fertilizer that can easily be done at home.

In 17 March 2016, Indmira held a workshop on making a liquid organic fertilizer for the members of a women’s organization from Bontang, Kalimantan Timur (East Kalimantan). Indmira, as a research-based company in agriculture, environment and renewable energy, appreciates a grassroot movement to convert waste to become more useful for the environment, such as making a liquid organic fertilizer from household waste.

The activities started at 8:30 in the morning. Participants took a guided tour, led by Mr. Budi Haryono S.Si, a staff member of the R & D Division, through the facilities at the headquarter. They were introduced to Indmira’s technologies on marginal land farming. The next stop was the hydroponic facility where several constructions caught the interests of the guests, who also learned about the hydroponic nutrients developed by team Indmira. The aquaponic setup also garnered a large enthusiasm from the participants because of its ingenious design of combining fish farming and hydroponic. In this system, plants nutrients are provided from the fish waste, while the planting bed is used to filter the water for the fish; a win-win situation.

The ladies also visited the vanilla and black pepper verticultures. These displays are one of the main exhibits at Indmira because, in addition to verticulture as one of the first technologies developed by Indmira, vanilla and black pepper are some of the most precious commodities yet hard to cultivate. Our displays show the ease of cultivation for these crops.

After the tour, the part of making liquid organic fertilizer commenced. Mrs. Bintari Rochim, SP. opened the session and explained the theoritical background on the liquid organic fertilizer making processes. Organic fertilizer can be obtained from the organic byproducts from either livestock, agriculture, household, as well as urban markets. During the workshop, the basic materials consisted of household byproducts; kitchen waste and food leftovers. Immediately following the lecture, the participants got to directly experience in making a liquid organic fertilizer. After being processed mechanically, the based materials were further incubated in a fermentation process for further bio-degradation.

The workshop ended at noon and each participant received an interesting yet useful gift. Indmira continues to strive to support grassroot activities that are related to nature conservation.

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