Malaysian have some difficulty in acknowledging the right ‘gula merah’ or molasses used in most effective microorganism (EM) articles and blogs all over the net. The discussion on the term of ‘molasses’ could lead to confusion sometimes.
I met a few people in the industry that gives me clearer picture, as I always been asked this kind of question many times before. Molasses known as gula merah in Malay commonly relates to unprocessed brownish sugar utilized as sweetener in food industry. Gula merah is closely related to orang melayu (Malay) for a very long time as a main ingredient in cooking. Our traditional food such as puteri berendam, wajik and penderam are molasses based desserts.
To make it more complicated, there even more categories of unprocessed gula merah, for instance gula apong, gula melaka, gula perang from different source of plants. So which of these is suitable to use for brewing EM or IMO or fermented fruit juice?
All type of sugar can be use to make organic fertilizer. Even the famous chemically treated white sugar in your coffee is an acceptable option. I have been told that an Iraqi man who live in Kelantan for 25 years is using white sugar to make IMO and he is a famous organic fertilizer manufacturer. Very simple. He use whatever resources he have. Im sure he is an expert, Iraq is reknown for its high agricultural technologies for centuries. They even have the best farming practice and ancient secrets.
I wonder who dare to make FFJ using stevia..
Molasses in agricultural industry is the concentrated unprocessed sugar, lay on the bed of sugar tank in sugarcane processing mill. It is slightly dense than regular gula merah and yellowish in colour. This is the type of molasses used in farming or EM/IMO processing plant.
To let you have easier access to the right molasses, our company also supplies industrial molasses and we are in position to increase stock up to 5 tons/month. Price is negotiable.