Rural Electrification Project
For the first time, PETRONITA Welfare Committee collaborated with UTP and Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA), Daerah Batang Padang dan Muallim, Tapah, Perak to implement a rural electrification project at Kampung Batu 20, Tapah. This electrification project is intended to improve the quality of the livelihood of the Orang Asli community by providing them access to renewable and clean energy via solar power using the Photovoltaic Electricity Generating System (PVEGS) for the village. In addition to providing electricity, it also allows capability building and self-empowerment through the training on the use of solar electricity system and the scheduled maintenance of the system. This project commenced in November 2015 and took about six months of dedication and hard work to be successfully completed. More than ninety Orang Asli villagers of Kampung Batu 20 will benefit from this project.
Bio-pesticide for Improvement of Paddy Field
This is a comparative study between commercial bio-pesticide and conventional at field trial at Rice of Excellent Centre, Titi Serong. Bio-based pesticide is proven to improve paddy growth and yield.
Project Partners: Elsevier & Agriculture Department, Perak Tengah District
Protection of Endangered Species
In 2013, the University engaged with FRIM to protect four endangered tree species namely Vatica flavida (resak padi), Shorea hemsleyana (cengal pasir daun besar), Shorea macrantha (kepong hantu) and Aquilaria malaccensis(karas) that have been touted as the country’s heritage.
Project Partner: Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
This is a project led by UTP Design and Prototype Centre (DPC). It designed and fabricated owl houses for farmers in Kampung Aji and Kampung Padang Marhom, critical for rat control in the padi fields. Among the improvements made to the structure compared to the previous wooden ones included improved ventilation and durability.
Project Partner: Agriculture Department, Perak Tengah District