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Firm's RM25m fertiliser plant to meet Sabah, K'mantan demand

Published on: Friday, March 19, 2010 Email to a friend Printer Friendly

Lahad Datu: Behn Meyer, one of the biggest fertiliser and chemical trading companies in Malaysia, is investing RM25 million on its 7.6-acre fertiliser cluster here.

The plant is an expansion of the company's business in Sabah where it has branch offices in Lahad Datu, Sandakan and Tawau.

Located within the Lahad Datu palm oil industrial cluster (POIC Lahad Datu), near here, the 150,000-ton a year fertiliser plant/warehouse will be completed this year.

POIC Lahad Datu is being developed by state-owned POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd.

Since 2006, 1,150 acres have been developed for palm oil downstream industries and supporting industries for the oil palm sector.

A new phase, covering more than 3,000 acres, is being opened up in phases.

Twenty-four firms have, to date, purchased about 350 acres at POIC Lahad Datu. Behn Meyer is one of seven fertiliser companies who combine for an annual capacity of about one million tones. They are in various stages of planning and building.

POIC Sabah's Marketing Manager, Ms Rose Pun said the companies were attracted by the potentials for fertilisers as oil palm plantations continue to expand in Sabah east coast as well as the neighbouring Indonesian Kalimantan.

POIC Sabah is spending RM208 million to build a jetty complex specifically for the fertiliser cluster. This complex will come with a conveyor belt system for optimum efficiency in the movement of fertilisers. It is due for completion in 2012.

"Because of our facilities and the market potentials, we hope to be able to attract more interest in the fertiliser cluster to make Lahad Datu a fertiliser hub of the region," said Ms Pun.

On the overall progress of POIC Lahad Datu, she said a refinery, a fertiliser plant and two logistics depots are under construction.

A network of pipe-racks is also under construction to service the oil-based factories.

She said companies, especially those that bought land for biodiesel plants, have begun to re-strategies their investment objectives in response to crude palm oil price trends.

"Our marketing focus is now on attracting investments in oil palm biomass either for renewable energy or for added value downstream products."


Fertilizer recommendation systems for oil palm

Comparison between organic fertilizer and chemical fertilizer :

  Real Strong Bio-Organic fertilizer Chemical Fertilizer
1 Contain! 17 elements of micro and macro such as N, P, K, Mg, Ca, Co, Si, B, Fe, Mo, Zn, Mn, S, C, H, CI, O. Only contain! N.P.K and minimum of Mg and Ca.


2 Contain! 8 types of effective microorganisms and enzyme (helping decomposition and produce nutrients). Not contain any effective micro organisms (affected effective micro organisms after long time been used)
3 Used quality materials such as rice, cocoa
bean, coconut copra, volcano ash and
others substances.
Used kaolin as substances, soil become hardness and less of oxygen after long time been used.
4 Slow released, fast, additional, nutrients
difficulties to leaking, to be released
Nutrients easy leaking(when rainy season and monsoon season).
5 Soil more fertile when pH increased to
6-7, prevented disease and insect attack.
Soil become acidic, hardness, easy attack by disease and insect.
6 Effectiveness of fertilizer are slow, last until
70-100 days.
Effectiveness of fertilizer mare faster, last until 30-50 days.
7 Increased effectiveness of chemical fertilizer,
reduced production cost. increased yields and
quality, fertilizer absorption capacity, prevent
and reduced soil erosion occurred.
Increased nitrate and nitrite contain in plant after long time been used will reduced quality of product.
8 Soil biological were changed and prevent
toxicology of agro-chemical and heavy metal
Increased toxicology contain of agro-chemical will caused pollution to soil and water sources.
9 Increased plant coloring and sweeten. Reduced plant coloring and sweeten.


a) There is an unbalance of nutrients. This causes the plants unable to fight the attacks of viruses or plagues.

b) Large amount of chemical fertilizers is needed to cover a large area. And there is no guarantee that the trees would absorb enough fertilizers to ensure its growth. Furthermore a lot of fertilizers is wasted because it is unable to dissolve.

c) Long period of usage of the chemical fertilizers will upset the quality or the condition of the soil. It makes the soil hard and acidic. This will affect the absorption of fertilizers, which will then affect the quality of the plants.

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