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Sime Darby publishes oil palm genome research for public use

Sime Darby publishes oil palm genome research for public use

July 16, 2020 |

In Malaysia, Sime Darby Plantation (SDP published its oil palm genome research that has paved the way for the company to produce significantly more oil palm yield on its existing land. The genome sequence that Sime Darby Plantation (SDP) is sharing is 80% more detailed than any findings that has been publicly available previously and […]

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FGV looking at oil palm residues for renewable energy as key to post-pandemic recovery

FGV looking at oil palm residues for renewable energy as key to post-pandemic recovery

May 21, 2020 |

In Malaysia, the New Straits Times reports FGV is looking at how renewable energy such as biogas from oil palm waste for power production can help its post-COVID-19 recovery. Power produced from biogas via gensets would then be supplied to the national grid. Increased export of palm kernel shells for use as biomass to produce […]

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Malaysia helping to create smallholder oil palm cooperatives to organize production

Malaysia helping to create smallholder oil palm cooperatives to organize production

November 13, 2019 |

In Malaysia, the Malay Mail newspaper reports that the government plans to help smallholder oil palm farmers set up cooperatives in an effort to improve production planning and in turn increase efficiency in the sector. Ten cooperatives have already been set up with seed funding from the national palm oil board but it’s too soon […]

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Indonesia’s president tells oil palm farmers to diversify towards higher value crops

Indonesia’s president tells oil palm farmers to diversify towards higher value crops

April 9, 2019 |

In Indonesia, the Jakarta Post newspaper reports that the president has told oil palm farmers to look at alternative crops such as durian due to the fruit’s better prospects in the market compared to palm oil. Currently the country produces around 46 million metric tons of palm oil annually, making Indonesia the largest producer in […]

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Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

Green Earth Institute aims to produce green chemicals from oil palm waste in Malaysia

February 19, 2019 |

In Japan, Green Earth Institute plans to start producing high value chemicals— alanine and valine—from oil palm waste using its technology in a Malaysian trial by 2022 with hopes of partnering with companies such as Sime Darby. Empty fruit bunches will be used but also palm trunks. GEI, started in 2011 with funds from the […]

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Small Malaysian oil palm farmers ask EU to reconsider ban

Small Malaysian oil palm farmers ask EU to reconsider ban

January 9, 2019 |

In Malaysia, Bernama news agency reports that the trade association representing small oil palm farmers is calling on the European Union to reconsider its ban on using palm oil in biodiesel from 2030 saying the ban is invalid and unjustified because of the efforts put into ensuring the sustainability of palm oil. It says the […]

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Malaysia teams with FGV to get smallholder oil palm farmers certified sustainable

Malaysia teams with FGV to get smallholder oil palm farmers certified sustainable

September 4, 2018 |

In Malaysia, the primary industries ministry will team with FGV to help small holder farmers achieve the national sustainable palm oil certification. At the moment, only 20% of palm oil production achieves the national certification but the government’s target is for 100% by the end of 2019. To achieve this goal, the government will loop […]

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Small Indonesian oil palm farmers union sues government for misuse of subsidies

Small Indonesian oil palm farmers union sues government for misuse of subsidies

April 25, 2018 |

In Indonesia, small oil palm farmers have had enough of the subsidy for oil majors to blend biodiesel with no knock on effects for them, so as a result the main oil palm farmers union SPKS said it is going to sue the government for failing to invest part of the more than $1 billion […]

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Profits up 34% for world’s largest oil palm planter

Profits up 34% for world’s largest oil palm planter

February 25, 2018 |

In Malaysia, Sime Darby Plantation, the world’s largest oil palm planter by land holdings, reported that its second-quarter net profit increased 34% compared to a year ago, thanks in part to higher earnings from Upstream Malaysia and reduced finance costs as a result of lower borrowings. They also reported a profit before tax increase of […]

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Indonesian starting oil palm replanting program in Sumatra

Indonesian starting oil palm replanting program in Sumatra

November 28, 2017 |

In Indonesia, the government has begun the first phase of a replanting program the remove old, unproductive oil palm trees that are more than 25 years old in order to boost production. A total of 350,000 hectares in Sumatra need to be renewed, so the program will tackle the first 9,109.29 hectares in 12 districts. […]

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