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Johor promotes EM to help save the state's environment

Friday November 14, 2008

JOHOR BARU: It is high time for Johoreans to use Effective Microorganism (EM) Tech­nology in their everyday lives, said Local Government, Housing, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil.

He said the practice helped lessen water pollution and preserved the state’s environment.

“EM technology is suitable for use in modern society.

Environsfriendly: Students pouring effective microorganisms into Stulang River in Johor Baru recently. Looking on is Mohd Naim.

“It should be used to prevent humans from depending too much on products such as pesticide, cleaning agents and fertiliser made from non-environment-friendly chemicals,” he said.

Ahmad Zahri was speaking at the launch of the Effective Microorganism Technology Application Awareness Programme in Sekolah Menengah Taman Pelangi (SMKT) here recently.

He said that people could cut costs by picking up on biotechnology, and cited examples of people producing fertiliser from decomposing items.

Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) mayor Datuk Mohd Naim Nasir, who was present at the launch, said that MBJB encouraged wider public use of EM.

“The council is working towards introducing EM to communities, educational institutions and the industrial and the service sectors,” he said.

On the same day, a programme was launched to clean and treat the Sungai Stulang beach near the school.

SMKT was chosen in a pilot by MBJB to implement the use of EM at schools in the city council’s zone.

A total of 500 students participated in the programme which started this month.

The programme aims to create aware­ness on EM and involve more schools in using it to produce fertiliser and cleaning agents.


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