Malaysia must tap oil palm biomass potential

KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIA needs to tap the full potential of oil palm biomass such as empty fruit bunches, palm fibre, palm kernel shells and palm oil mill effluent which can be developed into high-income generating renewable resource products for export, said Plantation Industries and Commodities secretary-general Datuk Wira Ismail Salleh.

Of the total output from the oil palm tree, about 10% is palm oil while the remaining 90% is in the form of oil palm biomass which has yet to be exploited.

Last year, the local oil palm sector generated an estimated 80 million tonnes of biomass, Wira said at the opening of the two-day Second International Conference on Oil Palm Biomass today.

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