PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s palm oil stockpiles fell by almost 11% in
January compared with December 2009 while exports gained amid declining
The latest statistics released by the Malaysian Palm
Oil Board (MPOB) yesterday showed that inventories fell 10.6% to two
million tonnes in January from a revised 2.23 million tonnes in
December, due to higher export and lower production during the month.
Inventories of crude palm oil went down 5.6% to 1.13 million tonnes
from 1.19 million tonnes in December while processed palm oil stocks
decreased to 870,065 tonnes from 1.04 million tonnes previously.
to MPOB, production dropped 13% to 1.32 million tonnes in January from a
revised 1.52 million tonnes in December, the lowest monthly output
since April 2009.
Crude palm kernel oil production fell to
172,758 tonnes from 193,501 tonnes previously while palm kernel cake
production went down to 190,587 tonnes from 213,027 tonnes.
analyst said the lower production was expected in view of the seasonal
He said there could be possible supply risks due to tree
stress and the resurgence of the El Nino phenomenon but he did not
expect the El Nino situation to be severe.
ECM Libra Investment
Research recently said the level of crude palm oil stocks was expected
to come down a notch with the production down-cycle still ongoing.
data from MPOB also showed the country’s exports of palm oil hitting
1.46 million tonnes in January, 19.4% higher month-on-month and 7.8%
higher than in January last year.
However, exports of palm kernel
oil declined to 103,100 tonnes in January from 104,585 tonnes in the
preceding month while that of palm kernel cake fell to 249,979 tonnes
from 291,671 tonnes before.
Oleochemical exports fell 6.05% to
185,756 tonnes from 197,719 tonnes.
Source : The Star by Leong Hung Yee