Tuesday, December 23, 2008

EM tech being used in Malacca farms

Wednesday September 24, 2008

MALACCA: Some 175 poultry farmers in the state have employed Effective Microorganisms (EM) to overcome pollution, including foul odour.

State Agriculture and Rural Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohamad Hidhir Abu Hasan said the use of EM in poultry feed would be compulsory from next month.

“EM technology is still not common. We expect it to be used by all poultry farmers here within a year,” he told reporters recently.

He said the use of the environment-friendly substance would become a pre-requisite for farmers when they renew their licences.

It covers those rearing chickens, ducks and quails on small or commercial scales.

Malacca would be the second state after Johor to enforce EM technology in poultry farming to overcome odour and flies caused by animal waste, he said.

“It needs to be implemented soon as we do not want complaints. We are moving towards being a developed state in 2010 and we do not want such problems,” he said.

Since EM contained chemical-free organic compounds, Mohamad Hidhir said it was effective in agriculture, including waste treatment and rehabilitation of rivers

“EM can be used easily as farmers can mix it in poultry feed or use it in washing water in a 1:100 litres ratio,” he said, adding that a five-litre bottle of EM was sold at RM25.

To curb abuse, he said the Veterinary Department would supervise the use of EM by farmers while providing training, counselling and guidance.


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