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Watawala plantation begins compost production

Watawala Plantations has commenced the production of compost, the company noted in a statement. 

The Nakiyadeniya Oil Palm production site recently introduced the novel Watawala Sarupasa Compost, comprising various potent ingredients such as cow dung and legumes, and waste slurry derived through carbides, which are compounds composed of carbon and less electronegative elements. It is a multi-purpose organic fertiliser that can be applied to a diverse variety of crops, which adds organic matter to improve the soil structure and supplies both macro and micronutrients vital to the healthy growth of plants. 

The compost is enriched during the production process, with two beneficial and eco-friendly plant growth-promoting Rhizosphere bacteria and two biopesticide fungi capable of controlling plant root diseases, enhancing root growth and immunity of plants, and improving beneficial biological activities of the soil food web. 

This fertiliser is, according to the company, unique from other market composts produced from substandard municipal waste, which contain heavy metals, hospital waste, and other toxic substances. Comparatively, Watawala Sarupasa is produced to the highest standards after being subjected to a stringent lineup of laboratory tests and monitoring practices to detect harmful trace elements that it may have been exposed to. 

Meanwhile, Watawala Plantations is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and emissions. To do this, the company maps out greenhouse gas emissions using the latest RSPO Palm GHG calculator and GHG Protocol accounting standards. Net Emissions was determined at 13726.42 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e). Carbon intensity has reduced from 1.684 MTCO2e to 1.156 MTCO2e, following the 10% increase in palm oil production in 2018 to 2019.