NURTUROOTS

Feed The Roots, Feed The World.

NURTUROOTS focuses on improving soil fertility by using garbage enzyme to boost crop yield and quality naturally.

Tags:
  • increase in crops’ quality and quantity
  • nutrients
  • Garbage enzyme
  • restore and improve soil fertility
  • vegetables and fruit peels
  • natural pesticide and insecticide
  • raw kitchen dregs recycling
  • organic fertilizer
  • arable land
  • sustainable farming

Use Case

This concept could bring many benefits in agriculture field. Firstly, it can reduce the waste production by recycling raw kitchen dregs. Its production process is simple and the cost is low as only mixing of kitchen dregs, water and brown sugar is required. Besides that, it has multi-usages. It can be used as fertilizer and also as a natural pesticide and insecticide. It can replace the fertilizer, pesticide and insecticide that were made from chemicals in the market. Furthermore, due to its cost effectiveness and simple operation, everyone can make their own garbage enzyme at home. This will encourage more people to produce their own vegetables and food. Since garbage enzyme is a solution, it is suitable to be used in hydroponics which does not require any soil.

Potential

Everyone can obtain sufficient food which is nutritious and chemical free. Not only farmers can produce more organic crops yield, household can also grow their own food at home. Without soil or land, people are able to grow their own food through hydroponic system by mixing garbage enzyme and water as mineral nutrient solution (ratio: 1:1000). Moreover, arable land can be found easily everywhere as the soil’s fertility and productivity are restored and improved through garbage enzyme. It is an environmental friendly multipurpose solution which can be used as organic fertilizer and natural pesticide and insecticide and reduce the chemical residue impact from the agrochemicals. It can also reduce the waste production, as it recycles the fresh kitchen discards.

Business Case

Value Proposition: - Everyone can enjoy adequate, healthy, and safe vegetables & fruits- Boosting the crops’ yield & quality for the farmers & households- An ecofriendly multipurpose product which curb various agricultural issues - Simple and easy to be generated and usedProfit Formula:- Product - Low production cost & price, which is affordable to the public- Education - workshop for farmers and household about sustainable farming practice and methodKey resource:- Raw kitchen dregs such as vegetable leftover& fruit peels collected from market &fruit hawker stalls for f.O.C- Brown sugar - WaterKey process:- Manufacturing - Sales/sharing- Feedback- Training about conducting workshop to farmers &household

Objectives:

  1. To increase the quality and quantity of crops, which produce more healthy and chemical-free food for human
  2. To restore and improve soil fertility and productivity
  3. To provide a more sustainable, easy and simple, and cost-effective farming method for farmers and households

Team Utan

Selangor, Malaysia

  • Business / Social Enterprise
  • Environment / Sustainability
  • Asia

Our Team

Etch-A-Sketch / Published December 7, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

Etch-A-Sketch

Our logo sketching...

Post-it Fiends / Published December 7, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

Post-it Fiends

OMG.. chao!!!

On Time On Target - Design Statement / Published November 29, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

On Time On Target - Design Statement

Farmers and food producers (1) need to improve and effectively manage their land fertility (2) to increase their yield of healthy food crop (2) for direct human consumption (4) through sustainable farming (5) in order to meet the ever increasing demand for nutritious and wholesome food (6) to feed 9 billion people by year 2050.

Insight Insight Insight / Published November 29, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

Insight Insight Insight

1. Arable land decreases:
a. Land finite resource
b. Now, South Asia cannot counteract food shortage by taking new, unused land for cultivation.
c. Agriculture land decreases with increase of rural population.
d. The percentage change in agricultural land over the ten years 1980-1990 is under 2.5% for India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
e. (http://www.fao.org/docrep/v4360e/V4360E08.htm)

2. Soil degradation increases:
a. Decrease of soil quality due to improper use.
b. Healthy soils are important to securing food.
c. (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/soildegradation/, April 2014)
d. Prolong cultivation or erosion causes reduction in soil fertility.
e. Unbalances fertilizer use to curb soil fertility.
f. High usage of nitrogenous and phosphatic fertilizers causes nutrient imbalance.
g. (http://www.fao.org/docrep/v4360e/V4360E08.htm)

3. Crops for animal feed (Feed human, instead of animals)
a. 36% of calories produced by the world’s crop are being used for animal feed.
b. Only 12% calories (from animal) are available for human diet.
c. If food is grown exclusive for human consumption, available food calories will increase by 70% (could feed additional 4 billion people).
d. Even small shifts in our allocation of crops to animal feed and biofuels could significantly increase global food availability, and could be an instrumental tool in meeting the challenges of ensuring global food security.
e. (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/29/1240661/-Feed-an-extra-4-billion-Grow-crops-for-humans-not-animals#)
f. (http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/3/034015/)

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a healthy food for people by providing more natural and organic nourishment for the plants and vegetation. We would like to create a business of garbage enzyme, which is a multipurpose solution that can be used in household, agriculture and environment. Garbage enzyme is created by raw kitchen dregs or waste such as fruit peels.

Our Background

Fun, energetic and creative, our group are made up of UPM students from different field of studies. We are sad to see many sufferings happening around the world, especially people who are starving and didn't get enough food and nutrients. Besides that, pesticides, herbicides and GMO are very common in the market, which can affect our health and contaminate the environment. Therefore, we would like to make a little contribution for the people and this planet.

Etch-A-Sketch / Published December 7, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

Etch-A-Sketch

Our logo sketching...

Post-it Fiends / Published December 7, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

Post-it Fiends

OMG.. chao!!!

On Time On Target - Design Statement / Published November 29, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

On Time On Target - Design Statement

Farmers and food producers (1) need to improve and effectively manage their land fertility (2) to increase their yield of healthy food crop (2) for direct human consumption (4) through sustainable farming (5) in order to meet the ever increasing demand for nutritious and wholesome food (6) to feed 9 billion people by year 2050.

Insight Insight Insight / Published November 29, 2014 by SIEW LEE KOK

Insight Insight Insight

1. Arable land decreases:
a. Land finite resource
b. Now, South Asia cannot counteract food shortage by taking new, unused land for cultivation.
c. Agriculture land decreases with increase of rural population.
d. The percentage change in agricultural land over the ten years 1980-1990 is under 2.5% for India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.
e. (http://www.fao.org/docrep/v4360e/V4360E08.htm)

2. Soil degradation increases:
a. Decrease of soil quality due to improper use.
b. Healthy soils are important to securing food.
c. (http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/soildegradation/, April 2014)
d. Prolong cultivation or erosion causes reduction in soil fertility.
e. Unbalances fertilizer use to curb soil fertility.
f. High usage of nitrogenous and phosphatic fertilizers causes nutrient imbalance.
g. (http://www.fao.org/docrep/v4360e/V4360E08.htm)

3. Crops for animal feed (Feed human, instead of animals)
a. 36% of calories produced by the world’s crop are being used for animal feed.
b. Only 12% calories (from animal) are available for human diet.
c. If food is grown exclusive for human consumption, available food calories will increase by 70% (could feed additional 4 billion people).
d. Even small shifts in our allocation of crops to animal feed and biofuels could significantly increase global food availability, and could be an instrumental tool in meeting the challenges of ensuring global food security.
e. (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/29/1240661/-Feed-an-extra-4-billion-Grow-crops-for-humans-not-animals#)
f. (http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/3/034015/)

Our Team

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a healthy food for people by providing more natural and organic nourishment for the plants and vegetation. We would like to create a ...Read More

Our Background

Fun, energetic and creative, our group are made up of UPM students from different field of studies. We are sad to see many sufferings happening around the world, ...Read More

The information contained here represents student project ideas developed as the result of brainstorming activities during Round 1 of the TFF Challenge. It does not represent any final business plans or commercial products.