Turning food waste into biofertilizer 

Bio-amino liquid organic fertilizer obtained from a concentration of vegetables and made from fish-based marine proteins, which contain amino acids to stimulate the growth of the plants, is locally manufactured and distributed in Myeik, Taninthayi Region under the brand of All in One Plus.
This liquid organic fertilizer improves soil fertility and crop yield, promotes the growth of the plant, protects plants from pesticides without harming nearby ecosystems, supports farmers with eco-friendly technology and gives nutrients to plants by recycling from residues of local raw materials and kitchen waste.
“The liquid fertilizer containing Amino acid and kitchen waste will give nutrients to plants ‌ and control plant diseases and pests,” said U Nay Lin Aung, Founder and Director of NG Sun Agriculture Business Biofertilizer Company Limited.
This bio-amino liquid fertilizer is produced by combining amino acids based on marine byproducts from dried fish industries and garden compost, vegetable waste, and kitchen waste.
“The production stage is fermenting Amino acid extracted from fish byproducts (head, intestines and viscera) mixed with nipa palm’s sap and syrup and effective micro-organisms.
The fermented liquid is made from kitchen waste such as onion skin and boiled chilli liquid, plant growth hormone on bananas, neem trees, tobacco plants and vegetables and garden waste. It helps protect plants from pest invasion. Yet, this liquid will not kill small fish, frogs and spiders that are important to the ecosystem.
“Fermented liquid and amino acid are mixed into nine-one ratios, and kitchen and fish waste turned into liquid organic fertilizer,” he elaborated on production stages.
Organic fertilizer is commercially valued. It helps reduce the use of chemicals as well. I run on a trial basis on some farms as I would like to distribute organic fertilizer and share technology with farmers. The experimentation of organic fertilizer was successful with good yields and pest control, he added.
“While producing fertilizer and undergoing various testing, I did many on-farm trials where the State and the Fertilizer Committee allowed it. I prioritize plant nutrients, good yields and pest control. I aimed to achieve environmentally friendly fertilizer for farmers. Moreover, I want to ensure food safety for the consumer with toxic-free products.
Biofertilizers can be manufactured using fish byproducts from other regions like the one in Taninthayi Region. Furthermore, bean cake, sesame cake, and farm waste from arid central Myanmar can be turned into organic fertilizer, such as fish byproducts. It will give similar quality and effective nutrients. I’m willing to share technology with farmers anytime. The growers are encouraged to use this cost-effective and eco-friendly fertilizer on their own,” he emphasized.
The manufacturer of that liquid organic fertilizer is an alumnus of the Agriculture Institute in Hmawby Township. He initiated trials on his rubber farm and other farmlands in Myeik. Under the approval of the fertilizer committee, he carried out fertilizer testing on paddy, watermelon, mustard, mango and green gram farms.
A paddy farmer who utilized that liquid fertilizer on his farms shared his experiences, plant growth and pest control situations.
“Utilizing the liquid organic fertilizer is following good agricultural practices as we do not need to use chemical pesticides. It also improves soil health and land treatment. It also boosts paddy growth in ten days. It makes agriculture more sustainable and cost-effective,” U Maung Nge, a paddy farmer from Myeik Township, explained.
Multi-purpose liquid fertilizer is manufactured using natural products. Therefore, there are no side effects to land and no health hazards for humans. Additionally, it boosts soil fertility and nutrients.
“I utilized pesticide, fungicide and fertilizer in black gram cultivation previously. This multi-purpose liquid fertilizer makes the plant resilient to weather, pests, and plant diseases that fall beyond plant growth. I suggest the growers use this organic fertilizer,” said U Kyaw Win, a black gram grower from Myanaung Township.
The State has been supporting the One Region-One Product programme to enhance micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and promote local economic growth of the specific products of a particular region. This liquid fertilizer is made of local products.
“To improve value-addition production of MSMEs, input-output balance and market connectivity need to be improved. We took out a K35 million loan from the State Economic Promotion Fund to put capital into the natural fertilizer business with the All in One Plus brand,” U Phyo Zarni Win, district head of the Directorate of Industrial Supervision and Inspection, said.
Multi-purpose liquid fertilizer can support import substitution, enhance domestic production, generate revenue and improve value-added output in the region. The growers can buy them in instalments under the Emerald Green Project. It will be distributed to domestic markets as one of Myeik’s products. — Khine Htoo (IPRD)/EM

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