Pahang’s RM1.2mil agricultural analysis lab starts operations

A harvested oil palm fruit bunch. The new lab will help to increase palm oil production in Pahang. — Filepic

KUANTAN: The Pahang government through the Pahang State Agricultural Development Corporation (PKPP) now owns the first-ever agricultural analysis laboratory in the state to conduct studies on increasing production of various products, including palm oil.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the RM1.2mil laboratory developed with the US technology had started operation on Nov 1.

He said the laboratory was fully owned by Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Pahang (LKPP) Corporation Sdn Bhd and development works began in mid-August.

“The main function of this laboratory is to provide technical support to agronomists or experts in agricultural production and land management. It can analyse 5,000 samples of leaves, soil and fertiliser in a year.

“We also hope that plantation and agriculture companies, as well as the private sector, will use this facility so that we can develop this field together for the well-being of the people and economy in the state, ” he told reporters after opening the laboratory in Agro Resort Semuji, Gambang.

Wan Rosdy said the development of the laboratory was in line with the increase in PKPP’s oil palm plantations totalling 80,000ha, to ensure it was also reflected in fruit production and maintaining good agricultural practices.

Besides that, he said the advancement in technology also changed the method of solving problems such as the decline in palm oil production.

“If previously we solved problems based on experience, now we can also do it through experiments or analysis in the laboratory. For example, if there is a production issue, we can take a sample from the respective tree to find out more about it.

“Based on the report, maybe we need better fertiliser or a more suitable technique. This will be an added value to those involved in agriculture, besides depending on experience, ” he said. — Bernama

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