The Malaysian government is promoting the use of organic fertilizers in Malaysia for two main reasons. Firstly, organic agriculture is seen as important for the sustainable use and management of natural resources. Secondly, in Malaysia, organic agriculture is identified as a niche market opportunity for fruits and vegetables.
The Malaysian government is prepared to provide additional one-off assistance in infrastructural development to organic farmers, in addition to eligibility for existing credit schemes and special loans. Organic farmers will also be helped in the marketing of their produce in the domestic and international market. In an effort to reduce the dependence on mineral fertilizers and to move towards more natural and healthier methods of food production, the government is promoting programmes that encourage the recycling and use of agricultural waste. This includes rice straw and husk, empty oil-palm fruit bunches (EFB), saw dust, animal droppings, palm oil mill effluent (POME) and other materials.
The Centre of Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (CETDEM) has been involved in many conversions of farms, especially vegetable producing farms, into organic farms. There are various forms of organic farming types in Malaysia. They include Nature Farms, Biodynamic Farms, Ecofarms, Permaculture, Kyusu Nature Farms and Yoko Farms.