To fight the increasing amount of waste and residues generated by the plant, Bhutan Board Products Limited (BBPL) this week launched their organic manure-based wood mulch.
Named ‘Greenure’, BBPL envisions reducing their factory wastes and by-products and make better economic usages of their wastes through the initiative.
A press release from the company states that they have already started experimenting their manure product to study its efficiency and for use in the domestic market.
Managing Director of BBPL, Sherab Namgay said, “After testing the organic manure in revitalizing sagging flowers and enhancing the yield of kitchen gardens, BBPL went ahead with setting up of the unit and started procuring machines such as shredders, crushers, mixers, and sieving machines from India for the project.”
The project is the largest and first of its kind in Bhutan that would recycle the forestry waste into nutrient-packed organic manure for flowers, vegetable gardens, and fruit trees among others.
BBPL has set-up a unit that manufactures organic manure based on wood mulch in Darla, Chhukha Dzongkhag where the company owns a particleboard factory.
Since its establishment 33 years ago, Sherab Namgay said that the company has not been able to effectively make use of the residual wood mulch (wood bark and other forestry residues) produced from factory.
Today, the factory generates five metric tons of wood mulch and wet dust in a day, and the factory had to discard these significant amounts of waste in the locality. The factory also generates about 130 kgs of wood-fired boiler ash which are produced from the boilers while producing heat for industrial purposes.
According to BBPL, the company uses natural cow dung to enrich the nutrient content of the manure. Further, the product is scientifically proven to provide pH-balanced manure with suitable moisture content.
The byproduct manure also ensures macronutrients like Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK), and other essential nutrients like Zinc, Magnesium, and Sulphur are present to ensure optimal results.
The press release states that the unit was set up over the period of one year at the cost of Nu 3 million (M). The National Organic Flagship Project (NOFP) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests provided financial assistance of Nu 1.20 M.
It further states that the company experimented their product on trial and used in flowers gardens and kitchen gardens for a year in Thimphu, Tala, and Phuentsholing.
Managing Director Sherab Namgay said that besides the social goal of recycling waste, the company aims to engage housewives and children of their employees, who are sitting idle at home, to engage them as casual workers. Such opportunities are expected to enhance their livelihood and keep them engaged meaningfully.
Recognizing the need to complement the efforts of the government in promoting organic farming in the country, he said that the company expedited the project so that organic inputs are readily available to farmers at affordable prices.
The unit has an installed capacity of 4-MT per day and will be operating at low capacity until the market demand picks up.
“If the product does well in the market, the company intends to expand its operation to meet the demand by augmenting the plant capacity and other facilities,” Sherab Namgay said.
He added that the company does not have any problem with the raw material supply considering the huge deposits that have accumulated over the years.
Meanwhile, the company also received laboratory test results and certification from Kolkata which specified that the nutrient contents of ‘Greenure’ meet the standards of organic manure.
For the optimal results, ‘Greenure’ organic manure should be mixed with soil at 1:2 ratio.
Considering the current shortage of fertilizer in the country, the company states that the launch of the organic manure plant is expected to meet the requirements of farmers and gardeners to a certain extent.
The targeted customers for the product are people growing flowers for their homes, nursery owners, families owning vegetable gardens, and farmers engaged in organic farming including offices and institutions across the country.
Sherab Namgay said that the company is geared to produce and supply to all the Dzongkhags at any time if there is a growing demand for their product.