A Glimmer of Hope from Dead Oil Palm Trees
A Glimmer of Hope from Dead Oil Palm Trees Some people may be unaware that dead oil palm trees offer a branch of hope. Dead trees that are commonly considered useless may bring economic benefits if they are treated in particular manner.
JAKARTA—Some people may be unaware that dead oil palm trees offer a branch of hope. Dead trees that are commonly considered useless may bring economic benefits if they are treated in particular manner.
Kristianto, a son of oil palm farmer from Distric of Kerinci Kanan at Regency of Siak in the Province of Riau, Indonesia has succesfully raise earthworms from dead oil palm trees as a source of income. Earthworms raised by Kristianto are exceptional, known as African Nightcrawler.
This earthworm is a species native to tropical west Africa and now widespread in warm regions under vermicompost. African Nightcrawler are also an excellent source of protein and has great pharmaceutical potential.
Together with his neighbours, Kristianto has been raising the earthworm and sell them overseas since 2005. Several options are available for the sale of the earthworms, including for pharmaceutical industry, livestock feed, and cosmetics. “As a son of oil palm farmer, I felt called to explore the potency of oil palm trees,” he said.
He uses naturally dead trees as the medium to breed the earthworms, such as trees struck by lightning. The trees are rich source of foods for the earthworms. The earthworms will use the trees as their place to stay and eat them, while the remains will be left to rot and become organic fertilizer. *** (Source: Bisnis.com)