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AGRICOMMODITY NEWS 2020


https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/01/25/to-convince-palm-oil-critics-malaysia-looks-to-affordable-mandatory-local-s/1831248
Source: malaymail.com/ Saturday, 25 Jan 2020 06:54 AM MYT/ BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY AND DANIAL DZULKIFLY


KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 — For decades, Malaysia has been facing an uphill task in convincing palm oil critics of the sustainability and trustworthiness of its palm oil — as the West continues to bombard the edible oil with discriminative labelling and protests.
Working towards this goal, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) is banking on the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme, in an attempt to certify plantations owned by smallholders, struggling to adhere to international standards.
“The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification has an ability to reach out very rapidly to the organised sector of the plantation industry, but not very effective in reaching out to the smallholders although they have various programmes,” MPOC chief executive Datuk Kalyana Sundaram told Malay Mail.


https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2020/01/26/how-malaysia-is-tackling-anti-palm-oil-propaganda-and-protecting-affected-o/1831489
Source: malaymail.com/ Sunday, 26 Jan 2020 06:50 AM MYT/BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 ― More Malaysians have shed their anti-palm oil sentiments following the “Love My Palm Oil” awareness campaign spearheaded by the Primary Industries Ministry, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has claimed.
Its chief executive Datuk Kalyana Sundaram said that many initiatives have also been taken by the council itself to address Western propaganda on the edible oil, often painted as a destructive force which displaces wildlife and causing rampant deforestation.
“Malaysian consumers have definitely been influenced by all these anti-palm oil messages, by the social media and the electronic media they have access to.


https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2020/01/22/china-will-keep-buying-malaysia039s-palm-oil-leiking-says
Source: thestar.com.my

SINGAPORE: Malaysia is unlikely to suffer any loss in its palm oil business from China, despite Beijing pledging to boost soybean purchases from the U.S. amid the trade war, according to the Southeast Asian nation’s trade chief.
“I don’t think so, ” Malaysia’s Minister of International Trade and Industry Darell Leiking said Wednesday in a Bloomberg Television interview with Haslinda Amin at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, when asked about the impact on its critical palm oil exports.
“China and Malaysia have had a long relationship, ” and Kuala Lumpur has offered diplomatic and economic help to Beijing amid “challenges” with the US, he said. “The Chinese have continued to be a good friend.”

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/berjaya-corp-teams-govt-promote-palm-oil
Source: theedgemarkets.com

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 22): As part of the ongoing Love MY Palm Oil campaign, the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI), Malaysian Palm Oil Council and Berjaya Corp Bhd have teamed up to boost palm oil awareness in the country.
In a statement today, Berjaya’s chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan said there were many unexploited opportunities in the nation’s commodities sector, adding that the company was actively looking into various locally grown and available supply chains to be added to its list of successful consumer platforms.
In the same statement, MPI Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim said the ministry is currently spearheading research on several downstream applications for the commodities.

https://www.thesundaily.my/business/berjaya-corp-pledges-support-for-malaysian-palm-oil-AM1925103
Source: thesundaily.my / SUNBIZ /22 JAN 2020 / 13:42 H.

PETALING JAYA: Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok has enlisted support and commitment from Berjaya Corp Bhd (BCorp), via the group’s chairman Tan Sri Vincent Tan, as part of the ongoing Love My Palm Oil campaign.
At a product exhibit hosted today, Tan emphasised that BCorp is a true supporter of all things Malaysian, and as such the group would be actively looking into various locally grown and available supply chains to be added to their long list of already successful consumer platforms.
The exhibit showcased a number of Malaysian commodities particularly palm oil, cocoa and pepper successfully incorporated into various food and non-food formulations that are finding niche markets including in Japan and other developed markets.