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AGRICOMMODITY NEWS 2020

KUCHING: The federal government has taken several measures to ease the burden of farmers affected by the falling prices of commodities, a federal minister said yesterday.
Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said one of the measures is to provide smallholders with agricultural input assistance under the Prihatin 2020 Economic Stimulus Package, amounting to RM3,000 for one hectare, which is given on a one-off basis through issuance of vouchers.
For the oil palm plantation sector, he explained that the efforts undertaken by the government to help smallholders increase their income and overcome the challenges include encouraging them to join the Sustainable Oil Palm Planters Cooperative (KPSM).

Jakarta: Indonesia's state oil company Pertamina produced its first successful batch of biodiesel made up of 100% palm oil (D100) in its Dumai refinery last week and is set to produce 1,000 barrels per day (bpd), the company said on Wednesday.
Indonesia, which has one of the world's most ambitious biodiesel programmes, raised the bio-content in its biodiesel mandate to 30% (B30) late last year from 20% (B20) before, and is planning to upgrade the bio-content gradually to 100%.

TANJUNG PIAI: The Primary Industries and Commodities Ministry is looking into introducing an integrated plantation system for oil palm and rubber trees as a way to increase the income of small-time farmers, says Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng.

The Deputy Minister said to date, two plants had been identified as a suitable addition – pineapples and mushrooms.
“Oil palm and rubber trees may take years to produce, so we are proposing an integrated system for the farmers to sustain themselves during this period.

“The proposal is still in the research phase as we need a third party that can manage these additional crops, such as how to plant, gather and market the produce,” he said after chairing the Tanjung Piai flood mitigation plan at the Tanjung Piai MCA division office yesterday.

KUALA LUMPUR (July 10): The Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) and the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) have established a special committee with the aim of boosting the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification among independent smallholders.
In a statement, MPOCC said the Board Committee for Smallholders’ MSPO Certification was formed, as only 24.1 percent of the 986,331 ha plantation area owned or leased by independent smallholders had been certified as of yesterday.

THE Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) targets about 492,000 smallholders nationwide to be certified with the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification by year-end, said its chairman Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub.
The certification by the MSPO, he said, was crucial to ensure the commodity produced by smallholders adhered to the requirements set by the developed countries, especially in Europe.
Presently, about 62,009 private smallholders with 243,666ha of oil palm plantations and 231,576 organised smallholders with 670,010ha of oil palm have obtained the MSPO certification.
“Organised smallholders are very easy to obtain MSPO’s certification as they are under the supervision of various government agencies such as the South Kelantan Development Authority, Central Terengganu Development Authority, South East Johor Development Authority and others.