The company collaborated with Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology (KRIBB) in R&D using selected Sabah indigenous functional microbe species for the production of bio-fertilizer in organic substrate of oil palm mill waste. Microbe screening, selection and formulation, product development and efficacy evaluation for different crop species and soil conditions will be the long term R&D activities. UBT also engaged in the development of mechanized bio-fertilizer production system for enhancement of production efficiency and quality.
UBT undertakes the production of functional microbial fertilizer under the trade name of “BioMAC” in accordance to the production process jointly developed with and licensed by KRIBB. Palm oil mill residues are utilized as organic substrate for multiplication of inoculated functional microbes through solid state fermentation for the production of “BioMAC”.
The strategy for promotion and marketing of “BioMAC” is by means of direct contact to the clients and through distribution of promotional brochure, website, expositions and seminars. The down to earth benefits and cost effectiveness of “BioMAC” supported by R&D findings are the selling points for promotion and market development.
UBT provides advisory services to the clients on optimum fertilizer application programme in conjunction with the use of bio-fertilizer “BioMAC” based on soil and leaf test results among other considerations. Advisory services are offered on agronomic and management practices for yield, quality and efficiency improvement among others.