It can be observed that Malaysian fertilizer consumption has steadily increased. This can be attributed to the changes in the Malaysian agricultural scenario. As more rubber areas were replanted with oil palm, the fertilizer requirement was also increased as oil palm requires more nutrients than rubber. In addition, new land were planted mainly with oil palm.
However, prices of fertilizers has not be controlled properly even though Malaysia has some of the biggest fertilizers producers in the region, like the Asean Bintulu Fertilizer in Bintulu.
ASEAN BINTULU FERTILIZER (ABF) PLANT
The anhydrous ammonia and granular urea plant is operated by the Asean Bintulu Fertilizer Sdn. Bhd. (ABF). It was established on December 6, 1980. The company is a joint venture of five Asean countries namely Malaysia (63.5% share), Thailand (13%), Indonesia (13%), Philippines (9.5%) and Singapore (1%).
The 63.5% Malaysia share of ABF is actually owned by PETRONAS.
The company commenced its commercial operations on October 1, 1985. Built at a cost of around RM700 million, ABF is among the largest granular urea plants in Asia.
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