Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund (MPOWCF)
output forecast for this year to 17.6 million tonnes from an earlier
forecast of 18.1 million tonnes, as the industry experiences lower oil
“Heavier-than-usual rains have disrupted harvesting and lowered palm
oil extraction rates,” said MPOB director-general Datuk Mohd Basri
The revision means Malaysia’s palm oil output is
stagnating at 17.6 million tonnes for the third straight year, while
Indonesia continues to see rising production.
Palm Oil Association and Sarawak Oil Palm Plantation Owners Association
had complained of acute shortage of harvesters, resulting in lower oil
output and export opportunity loss of some RM10 billion a year.
Oil palm planters have also appealed to the government to allow for
more flexibility in the hiring of skilled harvesters from Indonesia.
In response, Mohd Basri said the Cabinet is still deliberating on the country’s foreign worker policy.
Meanwhile, he encouraged planters to use the MPOB-patented motorised sickle, called Cantas.
“There is a RM1,000 subsidy for the purchase of Cantas. Its retail
price ranges from RM2,500 to RM4,500 per unit. A harvester using the
Cantas is able to cover 50ha every month,” he said.
efforts initiated in 2008, Mohd Basri admitted that the execution of
the plan to replace unproductive trees with higher yielding ones was
So far, the exercise has only achieved 70 per cent, or
139,000ha of its 200,000ha replanting target. The current high CPO price
of RM2,700 per tonne has most probably prompted some planters to delay
chopping down their old trees.
The MPOB can use RM200 million
from a price stabilisation fund to give back RM1,000 per ha to
smallholders scheduled to replant their unproductive trees.
Source : Business Times
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