PONTIAN (Bernama): The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) is developing an online system for independent oil palm smallholders and national oil palm traders to monitor and report transactions of fresh fruit bunches (FFB).
Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng said the system was being developed to encourage independent smallholders to practice keeping records of the maintenance of their smallholdings and yields consistently and accurately.
"At present, there is no specific system to record the yields and the prices of FFB for independent smallholders, thus making it difficult for MPOB to provide effective expansion services without complete data on the revenue, production costs and profits earned by smallholders.
"Through this system, the traceability aspect of the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification can also be implemented more smoothly and in a transparent manner," he said after launching the pilot project for monitoring and reporting of FFB transactions in Tanjung Piai here Sunday (March 28).
Wee said the new system would also be capable of increasing transparency on the transactions of FFB by gathering revenue records of independent smallholders and monitoring the sales of stolen oil palm fruits and unscrupulous fruit dealers.
"The pilot project will be implemented in Tanjung Piai, involving 6,045 oil palm smallholders, covering an area of 11,954ha.
"The project will run for a month beginning April 1, where we will collect the data and upon completion, it will be translated into the system that is being developed so the government can plan for the future of the palm oil industry in a more smooth, effective and accurate manner," he said. – Bernama