In­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy key to higher rub­ber yield

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - HOME - By Fung Lan Yong

AT the launch­ing of the 2018 Ninth In­ter­na­tional Rub­ber Glove Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion, Malaysia’s Pre­mier, Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad, fa­mously quipped that rub­ber had con­trib­uted tremen­dously to hu­man­ity as it helps con­trol the world’s pop­u­la­tion.

Be­sides be­ing the world’s largest rub­ber glove man­u­fac­turer, Malaysia also pro­duces other rub­ber prod­ucts such as tires, house­ware and earth­quake dampers. By-prod­ucts of the rub­ber in­dus­try in­clude rub­ber­wood that is of­ten used to make fur­ni­ture and build­ing and in­te­rior dec­o­ra­tion ma­te­ri­als.

Malaysia has be­come a big cor­po­ra­tion that en­cour­ages the gov­ern­ment and pri­vate sec­tor to col­lab­o­rate to en­hance the com­pet­i­tive­ness and prof­itabil­ity of its rub­ber in­dus­try.

Nat­u­ral rub­ber plays a cru­cial role in the so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment of Malaysia as it sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­utes to its gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, ex­port earn­ings and small­holder em­ploy­ment. Nev­er­the­less, the ex­port value for Malaysian rub­ber prod­ucts has de­clined be­cause small­hold­ers dom­i­nat­ing the lo­cal nat­u­ral rub­ber in­dus­try con­tinue to fall be­hind their com­peti­tors in terms of pro­duc­tiv­ity and qual­ity of raw rub­ber.

Greater em­pha­sis is also given to palm oil nowa­days. Fur­ther, nat­u­ral rub­ber is of­ten re­garded as a sun­set in­dus­try, a per­cep­tion that is wors­ened by low prices. In con­trast, nat­u­ral rub­ber pro­duc­tion in Thai­land and Viet­nam is on the in­crease, show­ing great eco­nomic po­ten­tial. Ad­di­tion­ally, In­dia and Sri Lanka now view it as an im­por­tant eco­nomic driver, es­pe­cially in terms of the up­stream sec­tor and down­stream man­u­fac­tur­ing.

Alan Chong, CEO of GroYield, as­serted that re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the nat­u­ral rub­ber in­dus­try us­ing in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy would help re­duce Malaysia’s im­por­ta­tion of la­tex con­cen­trate from Thai­land.

“The gov­ern­ment should en­cour­age the use of in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy to pro­mote dy­namic and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment of rub­ber; it should strive to in­crease yield and com­mer­cialise new rub­ber prod­ucts to re­ju­ve­nate a sec­tor that cur­rently faces fierce com­pe­ti­tion from Viet­nam and In­done­sia.

“With in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy such as the full nutri­tional tech­nique, the glory of nat­u­ral rub­ber will re­turn to Malaysia since it still com­mands a ma­jor share of the global elas­tomer mar­ket and the fu­ture will ex­pe­ri­ence an even higher share of the world rub­ber mar­ket,” said Chong.

“The out­look for nat­u­ral rub­ber is in­creas­ingly pos­i­tive and world de­mand for it will in­crease due to cli­mate change and grow­ing pref­er­ence for re­new­able ma­te­ri­als. More­over, nat­u­ral rub­ber out­bids the de­mand for syn­thetic rub­ber, which is petroleum-based. Petroleum is not only a rob­ber in­dus­try, but it also con­trib­utes to cli­mate change,” he stressed.

Full nutri­tional tech­nique

“In this era of glob­al­i­sa­tion, com­pet­i­tive­ness is the essence, while high pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency are the key. An im­por­tant ve­hi­cle to­wards com­pet­i­tive­ness is the ap­pli­ca­tion of a full nutri­tional tech­nique that aims to in­crease yield and sus­tain­abil­ity in agri­cul­ture. GroYield of­fers a full nutri­tional prod­uct that is de­signed to nour­ish trees and shrubs so that they can thrive; it also helps them re­sist dev­as­tat­ing dis­eases with­out pol­lut­ing the land. Although the process is sim­ple, it re­quires spe­cial­ized chem­i­cals, an in­jec­tor sys­tem and ad­e­quate knowl­edge of ap­pli­ca­tion tech­niques,” elab­o­rated Chong.

“Our lat­est la­tex di­ag­no­sis re­port pos­i­tively dis­tin­guishes GroYield from all the stim­u­lant prod­ucts in the mar­ket, es­pe­cially those that claim to have a sim­i­lar func­tion as GroYield. In terms of rub­ber yield, our prod­uct is ba­si­cally three things in one. It speeds up la­tex for­ma­tion, while act­ing as an an­tiox­i­dant that en­hances tree health and la­tex dry­ness rate,” he ex­plained. “Our prod­uct acts as an in­di­ca­tor for me­tab­o­lism in trees by con­trol­ling and stim­u­lat­ing their me­tab­o­lism rate. Trees do have their own mech­a­nisms for me­tab­o­lism; how­ever, they still need sup­port in term of sup­ple­ments that im­prove tree per­for­mance. Com­pared to other prod­ucts, GroYield is more ef­fec­tive in sup­ply­ing sup­ple­ments for the trees,” he re­marked.

“Plan­ta­tions in Malaysia should utilise the full nutri­tional tech­nique for trees since it saves up to 95 per­cent fer­tilis­ers and main­tains a clean en­vi­ron­ment. This method en­hances the health of trees, lead­ing to op­ti­mal yield­ing and a longer pro­duc­tion life­span. The lat­est la­tex di­ag­no­sis re­port in­di­cated that GroYield’s full nutri­tional tech­nique is the ideal food for plants as it func­tions as more than just a fer­tiliser,” he said.

“Ni­tro­gen fer­tiliser is tra­di­tion­ally used in Malaysia, but it has sev­eral dis­ad­van­tages. Be­sides in­creas­ing car­bon diox­ide lev­els in the at­mos­phere, ni­tro­gen emis­sions con­trib­ute to acid rain lead­ing to res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems and cer­tain types of can­cer. Fur­ther, ni­troge­nous gases con­trib­ute to global cli­mate change and ni­trous ox­ide is a par­tic­u­larly po­tent green­house gas that traps heat in the at­mos­phere,” Chong jus­ti­fied.

“The tra­di­tional way to fer­tilise trees is by ap­ply­ing nu­tri­ents on top of the soil and then wa­ter­ing them in. How­ever, the fer­tiliser can badly burn the flora and fauna across the en­tire ap­pli­ca­tion site. More­over, gran­u­lar fer­tiliser ap­plied through­out a field may not nec­es­sar­ily be uni­form,” he stated.

“In con­trast, our full nutri­tional tech­nique en­ables liq­uid fer­tilis­ers to spread more uni­formly so that all trees re­ceive the same nu­tri­ents re­gard­less of lo­ca­tion. The full nutri­tional tech­nique en­sures that trees are given faster ac­cess to the nu­tri­ents.

Be­sides rub­ber trees, the prod­uct can also be ap­plied to fruit trees to in­crease pro­duc­tion. This is the first rub­ber plant prod­uct that can be ab­sorbed by other kinds of plants,” he con­cluded. About the au­thor Fung Lan Yong holds a PhD in Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion (Gifted and Tal­ented Ed­u­ca­tion) from South­ern Illi­nois Univer­sity at Car­bon­dale. She teaches Aca­demic English and Mass Com­mu­ni­ca­tion sub­jects at Jes­sel­ton Col­lege Sabah that has ob­tained 5-star MyQuest rat­ings in var­i­ous cour­ses.

The full nutri­tional tech­nique en­ables liq­uid fer­tilis­ers to spread more uni­formly so that all trees re­ceive the same nu­tri­ents.

Alan Chong, CEO of GroYield.

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