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AGRICOMMODITY NEWS 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Tambunan recorded the highest bamboo density of 62 per cent or 3,200 hectares of the total area of bamboo forest in Sabah, said the Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB).
“Among the dominant species recorded are Gigantochloa levis, Bambusa vulgaris, Scizostachyum brachycladum, Schizos-tachyum lima and Dendrocalamus asper,” said MTIB, in a statement.
The potential of the bamboo industry, it said, is huge in Sabah.

SETIU, July 18 -- The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry (KPPK) is targeting 1000 hectares (ha) of kenaf cultivation in Terengganu by the end of the year.
Its minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the crop was currently being grown on over 391.6 ha of land in Terengganu, and he was optimistic that the target could be achieved, as the state had more than 8,000 parcels of idle land.
"We hope to attract the interest of young university graduates to get involved in the plantation sector...a massive campaign should be carried out to encourage them to venture into kenaf cultivation.

MALACCA: The world’s biggest rubber glove manufacturer, Top Glove Corp Bhd is working to address the detention order imposed by the United States Customs on imports from two of its subsidiaries to ensure the undisrupted supply of rubber gloves amidst the global Covid-19 crisis.
Senior Minister cum International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pix) said the company is currently engaging with US authorities after the US Customs placed Top Glove Sdn Bhd and TG Medical Sdn Bhd on its Withhold Release Order list; a move taken against firms suspected of using forced labour.
He said the ministry hopes that the US administration would be able to assess the issue involving the foreign workers fairly.

KUALA LUMPUR: Asian palm oil producers, long at loggerheads with the European Union (EU) over curbs on imports of the edible oil, have offered to "work together" with the European Commission in drafting rules for the EU's latest 'Farm to Fork' food supply policy.
The EU, a major palm importer, has already decided to phase out palm-based transport fuels from its renewable energy sector by 2030, citing the environmental impact of the oil's production, and is expected to set new limits on food contaminant 3-MCPD esters, found in refined fats and oils.

KUALA LUMPUR (July 16): The Farm to Fork (F2F) strategy launched recently by the European Commission offers a major opportunity for palm oil producing countries to work together and further improve sustainability standards, the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) said.
It will also serve as a useful tool to enable European consumers to appreciate the excellent qualities of palm oil, which is — and remains — the most widely sold vegetable oil in the world.
“The CPOPC secretariat understands the desire of national governments to support domestic producers of vegetable fats and oils, particularly during such challenging times.
“However, we are confident that the European Union (EU) will act in the interest of all its citizens, and with a view to global development, by guaranteeing the importation of, and access to, sustainable palm oil,” it said in a statement today.