UMP, Qatar's Agrico to develop new organic fertiliser for Agrico's greenhouses

Last update: 20/01/2020

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 -- Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) and a Qatar-based agricultural development company, Agrico today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the sharing of expertise in research to develop a new organic fertiliser to be utilised in Agrico’s greenhouses in Doha.

UMP vice-chancellor, Prof Ir Dr Wan Azhar Wan Yusoff said the university would work to develop a formulation of calcium nitrate and monopotassium phosphate with prebiotic enhancement for Agrico’s greenhouses.

He said the new organic fertiliser with prebiotics formulated as plant nutrients would be tested and thoroughly studied for agricultural application. 

“This strategic cooperation with Agrico will benefit UMP in sharing expertise to meet industry needs in the future globally. UMP will work with Agrico in research, product development, commercialisation and exchange of expertise in agriculture.

"We are keen to promote modern agriculture technology with Agrico,” he told reporters after the signing of the MoU between UMP and chairman of Agrico, International Projects Development, Qatar, Ahmed Hussain Al-Khalaf, here.

It was witnessed by the ambassador of Qatar to Malaysia, Fahad Mohammed Kafoud, director-general of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption under the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed and UMP’s board of directors chairman, Datuk Seri Ibrahim Ahmad.

Agrico is a supplier of agricultural systems and greenhouse-grown produce in Doha, Qatar. 

Wan Azhar said besides the new fertiliser formulation, the collaboration would also involve the exploration of new opportunities for the commercialisation of organic liquid fertiliser with prebiotics, named Pre-Pecto, on a large scale.

He said Pre-Pecto was the first project conducted by UMP researchers, Dr Noormazlinah Ahmad and Dr Siti Hajar Noor Shaari, and the product had been used by Agrico on a smaller scale last year and the results had been outstanding.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Hussain hoped that the joint efforts between Qatar and Malaysia in the area of agriculture technology would establish a sustainable, consistent and quality production of food for both countries.

He also hoped that the cooperation would be a step towards the establishment of a facility for the production of fertilisers on a commercial scale for the Qatar and Gulf countries market.

“Producing organic fertilisers is important in promoting health food. We also want to make it more economical and affordable. This collaboration is very important because our country (Qatar) produces high-quality organic vegetables and fruits,” said Ahmed Hussain.