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Better management can raise oil palm yields

OIL palm planters can increase their yields to up to five tonnes a hectare annually compared to the current four tonnes by implementing better management practices, said Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) chief executive M.R. Chandran.


CEO: Golden Hope will focus on Indonesia

GOLDEN Hope Plantations Bhd will focus on Indonesia, particularly Kalimantan Barat, in expanding its oil palm acreage this year.


Roundtable: Act against fire starters

Those found responsible for causing illegal burning in plantations should be dealt with, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) secretariat said.


Indon output to match Malaysia’s in four years

INDONESIAN palm oil output will likely match that of Malaysia in three to four years, Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (GAPKI) chairman Derom Bangun said.


Criteria for sustainable palm oil finalised

THE Criteria Working Group (CWG) under the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) initiative has finalised the principles and criteria (Pamp;C) for verifying sustainable palm oil production worldwide.


Disappearing haven

Another anti-palm oil campaign is on, and this time it is linked with the endangered orang utan. HILARY CHIEW reports.


MPOA: Biodiesel makes CPO forecast difficult

The outlook for the palm oil sector this year is difficult to predict partly due to demand for biodiesel, which may affect the price of crude palm oil (CPO), said Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) chief executive Azizi Meor Ngah.


Biodiesel boon for Kulim

It was a natural progression forKulim (M) Bhd to venture intobiodiesel, given its prominentoil palm-based portfolio.Kulim managing directorAhamad Mohamad and jointventurepartner, German-basedCremer Gruppe managingdirector Thomas Cremer, recently shared theirviews on the potential success of the two newbiodiesel plants in Johor and Singapore, slated foroperations in the middle of next year.


Planters await biodiesel bill

LOCAL plantation companies, particularly those with huge investments in palm-based biodiesel projects, are eagerly awaiting the biodiesel bill to be passed by the Parliament next month.


Planter’s yields to improve

PPB Oil Palms Bhd, one of Malaysia's largest listed plantation companies in terms of land bank, is stepping up efforts to be a regional player through its long-term plans in the Indonesian oil palm sector. MD Khoo Eng Min talks to StarBiz assistant news editor HANIM ADNAN on the group's latest progress.