Recycling domestic waste pays

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

RECYCLING domestic waste can reduce cost in its disposal, improved soil fertility and most importantly preserve the environment, said the Permanent Secretary of Industry and Primary Resources yesterday.

Hjh Normah Suria Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri said at a forum on the role of women in the protection of the environment.

The forum highlighted the effective and practical role of women and housewives in protecting the environment through their day-to-day activities.

Four speakers from the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA) and Department of Parks and Recreation (JASTRE) as well as an invited speaker showed how domestic waste can be used to create compost, an environmentally friendly alternative to using chemical fertilisers.

The forum was co-organised by Women’s Institute of Brunei Darussalam (WI), JASTRE), Ministry of Development, DAA, Ministry of Industry and Primary resources and the Women’s Bureau of Mukim Sengkurong Village Consultative Council.The forum-workshop took place at the Theatre Hall of the Brunei-Muara District Office Building, Old Airport Berakas.

The speakers were Kim Hon Bangau, Senior Landscape Architect of JASTRE; Hjh Suria Zauddin, Senior Agricultural Officer; Dr HM Thippeswamy, land expert at DAA and Saw Wooi Peng, eco-enzyme speaker and En-Nature Sdn Bhd Marketing Manager.

Datin Hjh Masni Hj Mohammad Ali, the event’s co-chair and WI’s advisor, chaired the forum.

Compost is an environmentally-friendly organic material used as an alternative to chemical and organic fertilisers.

It increases fertility of the soil, therefore reducing the need for commercial and organic fertilizers, said Hjh Suria.

It mimics the nature’s way of decomposition. Materials that can be use as compost include dry grass and vegetable leftovers.

Among other benefits, this will save costs on organic and chemical fertilisers. Composting also reduces the amount of waste and the cost of waste disposal, she added.

Dr HM Thippeswamy said organic farming concept was becoming very popular and that many government projects encourage and promote organic farming.

The DAA has organised training programmes for farmers with regards to Indigenous Micro Organism (IMO) and organic farming approach.

Eco-enzyme’s speaker Saw elaborated on the benefits of eco-enzyme.

Eco-enzyme is a complex solution produced by fermentation of domestic waste, sugar and water. It is a product composed of food and vegetable materials.

Eco-enzyme is a multi-purpose liquid and its numerous applications include multiple uses in homes as well as agriculture.

The Brunei Times