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BU, Legazpi City inks MOU with Okada Manufactory; pact aims to improve solid waste management, organic farming

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To improve the solid waste management in Legazpi City, disseminate the practice of organic farming and promote agriculture in Albay, Bicol University entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the prospective production of organic fertilizer from solid waste project in Legazpi City.

BU President Arnulfo Mascariñas together with Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal and Ikuo Suzuki, Okada Manufactory Co., Ltd., inked the MOU on March 14, 2017 at BU GASS Conference Room, Legazpi City.

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Under the MOU, Okada Manufactory Co., Ltd. proposed the production of organic fertilizer from solid waste project. The project, dubbed “Verification Survey with the Private Sector to promote Japanese Technologies through Environmental production of High-Value-Added Fertilizer from Garbage Composting,” aims to produce organic fertilizer from organic solid wastes through the OKADA Composting Machine.

The said project also envisions to decrease the volume of wastes ultimately disposed and extend the life span of the final disposal site in Legazpi city, distribute and circulate organic fertilizers in Legazpi city and Albay, and contribute to increase the farm production through dissemination of organic farming and agricultural development.

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In terms of roles and responsibilities, BU shall be the counterpart of Okada and should conduct analysis and evaluation of the organic fertilizer to be produced through the BU Research and Development Center. The University should also conduct farm tests using the organic fertilizer produced and assess the effects of organic farming by monitoring crop growth and soil properties. Moreover, BU should conduct organic farming seminars targeting farmers and promote organic farming.

Okada Manufactory is a Gunma, Japan-based company which specializes in manufacture and sales of composting equipment and related products; fermentation and agitation equipment for industrial waste (organic), garbage, sludge and animal manure; and deodorizing process equipment, trommel equipment, automatic packaging equipment, and environmental equipment. (Joshua Caleb Pacleta/CPRO)

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