Carbon wastes turned into fertilizer

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Sunday, April 6, 2014


A CEBU-based composting facility recently collaborated with an Indian- based multinational company involved in manufacturing and marketing eco-friendly products for the production of New Suryamin, a 100-percent organic fertilizer.

In a press statement, Bio Nutrient Waste Management Inc. said that
with technical collaboration of Prathista Industries Ltd. India and Philippines, they were able to produce and blend a complete-nutrition fertilizer from composting wastes from the Carbon Public Market.

“The goal here is to help solve the city's problem on garbage and at the same time produce an organic fertilizer that is affordable and helpful among our local growers,” said Ma. Emma Ramas, business development manager at Bio Nutrient, in a phone interview yesterday.

The New Suryamin is packed in 25-kilogram (kg) and 10-kg bags.

Cost-efficient

Unlike other fertilizers, New Suryamin is cost-efficient because one only needs 250 kilos for a one-hectare farm lot, said Ramas.

“The product also helps bring back the lost nutrients of the soil producing a more improved quality and yield of the crops,” she added.

In its compost, Bio Nutrient Waste Management Inc. uses aerobic method of breaking down biodegradable wastes.

The company started in October 2011 as a home composting facility in Lahug, Cebu City. It processed wastes mostly from a catering company. In 2012, it expanded and moved its operations to 3,854-squaremeter property in Inayawan, Cebu City.

Ramas said the composting facility now has the capacity to process 40
tons per day of biodegradable wastes mostly from Carbon Public Market, the largest producer of biodegradable wastes in Cebu.

Other markets

Ramas said the company submitted a proposal to process the wastes of other markets in Cebu City.

While waiting for the Cebu City Government's response, Ramas said the company established ties with the Department of Public Service (DPS) to process biodegradable wastes from the Carbon market starting last January. Wastes are delivered to the Bio Nutrient Waste Management facility in Inayawan every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

To date, the company has processed more than 400 tons of wastes from the Carbon Public Market.

Bio Nutrient was incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Comission in January 2013.

Its partner company, Prathista Industries Ltd., is a multinational company based in India that is involved in manufacturing and marketing eco-friendly products for agriculture, veterinary/poultry, pharmaceutical and neutraceutical sectors.

It is considered as Asia's largest industrial fermentation plant to manufacture various organic fertilizers and pesticides.

The Indian firm has been distributing products in the Philippines since
last year.

Ramas said they will sell New Suryamin all over the country. At present, the firm is negotiating with supermarkets to display the product in their shelves.

For now, the organic fertilizer is available at the compost facility in Inayawan and at the Bio Nutrient office at the CRM Building at the corner of Escario and Molave Sts. (KOC)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 06, 2014.

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