MPOB researchers innovates fertiliser formulation to raise oil palm yield

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIAN Palm Oil Board (MPOB) have innovated a fertiliser formulation which can raise oil palm yield by containing optimum balanced nutrients.

MPOB DG Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir (picture) said the innovation dubbed as MPOB F3 compound fertiliser is in the form of compact fertiliser and contains a balanced ratio of nitrogen, phosphate, potassium, magnesium and borate, specifically formulated for oil palms planted on mineral soils.

“The innovation, which is formulated with balanced nutrients, is also suitable for oil palm planted on various soils.

“Palm trees need proper fertilisation including optimum balanced nutrient fertilisers to raise their yield,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The research was headed by Ahmad Afandi Murdi.

He added that although the nutrient requirement is site-specific, the balanced nutrient ratio in such formulated compound fertilisers will provide a satisfactory nutrient input needed at the various locations.

“The systematic use of this fertiliser is cost effective as it will increase the productivity of fresh fruit bunches and hence, will raise the income of growers,” he said.

In addition, the MPOB F3 is a cost-effective fertiliser as it can also reduce the loss of nutrients and increase the nutrient uptake efficiency of the oil palm roots.

The injection of this formulation in plantations will subsequently minimise the negative environmental impacts related to over-fertilisation, land degradation and pollution from heavy metal.

The fertiliser will be in the market as the board has signed an agreement with FGV Fertilizer Sdn Bhd to allow for production and commercialisation.