Behn Meyer Intensifies Promotion of Korn-Kali+B Fertilizers For Oil Palm

Albert Heng (BM), Khun Chayawat (Univanich), Andy Hwang (BM) at the booth in Krabi, Thailand.
Albert Heng (BM), Khun Chayawat (Univanich), Andy Hwang (BM) at the booth in Krabi, Thailand.

Since it’s introduction in 2006 to the oil palm sector, the granular fertilizer Korn-Kali+B® has found popular acceptance by growers throughout Malaysia as a premium quality, yet affordable, fertilizer from Germany. In 2010, Behn Meyer embarked on a drive to further intensify the promotion of Korn-Kali+B granular and related fertilizer blends among oil palm plantations as well as smallholders.

Visitors with BM executives and Pak Fadzil of BM-Malaysia at the BM booth, IOPC Jogjarkata
Visitors with BM executives and Pak Fadzil of BM-Malaysia at the BM booth, IOPC Jogjarkata

Korn-Kali+B is a special fertilizer formulated and produced by K+S Kali, Germany for use in oil palm, containing the right proportions of potassium (40% K2O), magnesium (6% MgO) & boron (0.8% B2O3) in each single granule. In addition, it contains 4% sulphur (S). This special formulation facilitates the application and even spread of the nutrients, as well as the supervision of these operations. The product has since been further offered as blends with a granular Nitrogen (N) source incorporated. The phosphorus (P) requirement is usually applied separately as ground rock phosphates.

Joseph Lim (BM), Dr Joska Gerendas (K+S Kali), Peter Lau (BM), Albert Heng (BM) at the BM booth in Kuantan.
Joseph Lim (BM), Dr Joska Gerendas (K+S Kali), Peter Lau (BM), Albert Heng (BM) at the BM booth in Kuantan.

The company’s promotional efforts for Korn-Kali+B to oil palm growers extended this year to Thailand and Indonesia as well. In March, BM presented U-Kali fertilizers to the Thai oil palm growers at their booth at the International Plantation Expo, Krabi, Thailand. In June, the fertilizer Sato-KaliTM OP+B was introduced to the Indonesian oil palm growers at a booth in the International Oil Palm Conference 2010 “Transforming Oil Palm Industry” organized by the Indonesian Oil Palm Research Institute (IOPRI) at Yogyakarta Indonesia. Both events proved to be a success with many growers expressing interest in trying out the fertilizers.

Korn-Kali+B Granular – special fertilizer for oil palm
Korn-Kali+B Granular – special fertilizer for oil palm

In Malaysia, the product was further promoted in a few events during the first half of the year. At the International Conference On Balanced Nutrient Management for Tropical Agriculture, Kuantan, in April, the company hosted a booth highlighting the product. At the ISP Selangor/ Wilayah Perseketuan Branch Seminar “Plantation Industry: Competitive Strategies In Achieving A Sustainable Future“ in Putrajaya in June, Dr Joska Gerendas, visiting agronomist from K+S Kali, and Mr Albert Heng, Senior Manager of Behn Meyer were invited to jointly present a paper entitled “Oil Palm Fertilization – Sharing Some Perspectives”. They emphasized on the need for the industry to adopt innovative solutions that are available to solve problems such as the issues of timely and adequate fertilization in order to increase productivity and lower production cost. One of the available solutions includes the use of fertilizers specially formulated for oil palm such as the KieserBor 23-5 and the Korn-Kali range of fertilizers. A copy of the paper presented can be viewed or downloaded via our website. Finally, at the 8th ISP National Seminar “Good Plantation Practices”, in June in Kota Kinabalu, the company hosted a booth to showcase the use of Korn-Kali+B fertilizers. The Minister of Agriculture Datuk Seri Nor Omar spent some time at the booth to understand what we have to offer to the industry.

Behn Meyer will soon be launching a new range of special, complete N+P+K+Mg+B fertilizers, with stabilized-N and fully available P, specially formulated for oil palms from nursery to mature field plantings. These will complement and complete the present range of Korn-Kali+B fertilizers for oil palm. With that, we offer yet another solution to the problems faced by the industry.

Albert Heng and Dr Joska addressing ISP audience at Putrajaya
Albert Heng and Dr Joska addressing ISP audience at Putrajaya
Dr Joska Gerendas of K+S Kali explaining the use of Korn-Kali+B for oil palm to ISP Selangor / Wilayah Perseketuan audience
Dr Joska Gerendas of K+S Kali explaining the use of Korn-Kali+B for oil palm to ISP Selangor / Wilayah Perseketuan audience
The Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Datuk Seri Nor Omar at the BM booth, ISP National Seminar, Kota Kinabalu
The Honorable Minister of Agriculture, Datuk Seri Nor Omar at the BM booth, ISP National Seminar, Kota Kinabalu


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