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AGRICOMMODITY NEWS 2020

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 -- The Malaysian Rubber Glove Manufacturers Association (MARGMA) has pledged to donate 19 million medical gloves to the Malaysian government in the race against the COVID-19 pandemic.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 -- Several government agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the country's commodity sector have come forward to contribute essential medical and protective items for health professionals and workers responding to COVID-19.


PETALING JAYA: Local plantation companies are now placing strict measures on all their operations, particularly on harvesting and millings, where “social distancing” can be practiced to fight the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.




Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (centre) says operations involving the palm oil and rubber industries will resume as normal. - NSTP/ASWADI ALIAS.
By New Straits Times - March 19, 2020 @ 1:21pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Operations involving the palm oil and rubber industries will resume as normal, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.

KUALA LUMPUR (March 19): The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities has underlined five operations that will continue as usual throughout the movement control order (MCO).
In a statement today, it said these comprise:
(i) oil palm harvesting by plantation companies and smallholders,
(ii) processing of fresh fruit bunches by mills,
(iii) processing of crude palm oil in refineries for local supply of cooking oil,
(iv) rubber-tapping activities to supply to production of medical equipment like gloves and catheters, and
(iv) logging sector to continue to fulfil ongoing contracts.
The decision was made by the ministry with the endorsement of the National Security Council, and after the ministry had sought the views at a Cabinet meeting this morning.
“All parties involved in the aforementioned activities must ensure all means of prevention and control of the Covid-19 outbreak is followed, including minimising workforce and workforce movement, via social distancing, and for workers to return to their accommodation immediately after work.
“All parties are reminded to maintain their hygiene, such as washing hands with soap [and using] hand sanitisers,” the statement added.

 

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/limited-oil-palm-rubber-logging-activities-continue-during-mco
Source: theedgemarkets.com/