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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).

KUALA LUMPUR: The Plantation Industries and Commodity Ministry does not intend to replace the country’s main commodity, namely oil palm, with bamboo, said its Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (pic) on Tuesday.
The ministry according to him, is strengthening the oil palm industry with the application of the latest technology as well as expanding overseas markets, diversifying its value-added products and continuing various studies on the benefits of palm oil.
“At the same time, the ministry is exploring bamboo as another future commodity in addition to various other commodities,” he said when replying to a question posed by Datuk Hatta Ramli (PH-Lumut) during the Dewan Rakyat sitting on Tuesday.

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%.

JASIN, July 15 -- The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) has urged karas tree entrepreneurs in this country to adopt the bamboo stick and dripping inoculation method for cost-effective production of better quality agarwood.
Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said research on the method was conducted on 100 karas trees by two researchers with a RM100,000 allocation at the Karas Estate near Jus Dam here in November 2017.
He said the research was conducted by Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) in collaboration with the state Economic Planning Unit of Melaka for the production of agarwood and resin agarwood.

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.