IPOH: Only 7.9% of private oil palm plantations in Perak are registered with the Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) standard, says Teresa Kok (pic).
The Primary Industries Minister said only about 9,838ha out of the 125,000ha of private plantations are certified.
She said some 3,818 independent smallholders have received the certification.
"The number is quite low, considering the size of plantations in the state is at least 125,000ha.
"We hope that more independent smallholders will register with MSPO before end of this year," she told reporters at the "Jom MSPO" programme held here on Saturday (Dec 14).
"Failure to do so might see their licences to sell palm oil revoked," she said.
Kok said as at Nov 30, at least 60.6% or 3.54mil ha of oil palm plantations have received the MSPO certificate nationwide.
"In addition, about 335 palm oil factories in the country have received their MSPO.
"Nearly all Sustainable Palm Oil Cluster (SPOC) have earned their MSPO as well," she said.
She said the ministry is working closely with the Orang Asli Development Department (Jakoa) and the Malaysia Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to further encourage more Orang Asli independent smallholders to register for MSPO certification.
"Those who haven't registered can do so by visiting MPOB offices across the country.
"We have MPOB officers stationed there to help them register," she said.