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Malaysian oil palm producer offers $175.1 million for 11,600ha in Sabah

Malaysian oil palm producer offers $175.1 million for 11,600ha in Sabah

August 22, 2017 |

In Malaysia, oil palm producer Boustead Plantations has made an offer to buy 11,600 ha in Sabah for $175.1 million from Pertama Land & Development that has been accepted. The company’s Q2 results improved thanks to higher fresh fruit bunch production as well as improved palm oil prices but it expects prices to fall back […]

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Puerto Rican researchers find Latin American oil palm expansion mostly on pastureland

Puerto Rican researchers find Latin American oil palm expansion mostly on pastureland

May 15, 2017 |

In Puerto Rico, researchers from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras say in a new study that most palm oil plantations under development in Latin America are on former pasturelands. The study looked at NASA satellite images for 10 Latina American countries. The region’s palm oil acreage under production has doubled since 2001. […]

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University of Puerto Rico researcher show Latin American cattle pastures being converted to oil palm

University of Puerto Rico researcher show Latin American cattle pastures being converted to oil palm

February 16, 2017 |

In Puerto Rico, a new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in Latin America. Palm oil is a primary ingredient in processed foods, soaps, cosmetics, and biofuel. Growth of the […]

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Malaysia to begin oil palm replanting scheme to cut down palm oil stocks

Malaysia to begin oil palm replanting scheme to cut down palm oil stocks

September 9, 2015 |

In Malaysia, the government plans to tackle the problem of oversupplies that are weighing on palm oil prices by encouraging the destruction of old trees and replanting with newer ones, a program set to begin in October. The move is part of a price stabilization program agreed with Indonesia that also includes the increased blend […]

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India to invest $1.53 billion to support farmers growing oil palm

India to invest $1.53 billion to support farmers growing oil palm

August 19, 2015 |

In India, the government has decided to invest $1.53 billion to help support farmers transition into oil palm production. Understanding that a long waiting period until the tree matures enough to produce oil seeds is a turn off for many small farmers, the funding will go towards paying those farmers to wait for the returns […]

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EPFL researchers look at oil palm waste for biorefinery opportunities

EPFL researchers look at oil palm waste for biorefinery opportunities

August 18, 2015 |

In Switzerland,  researchers from EPFL show agricultural residues from Brazilian oil palm plantations, can be used to produce bioethanol and two additional end products: furfural, a much-used industrial compound, and lignin, a solid fuel that can be used in the biorefinery.  For this particular study, they characterized the composition of the empty fruit bunches and […]

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Wilmar under fire for landgrabbing in Nigeria for oil palm

Wilmar under fire for landgrabbing in Nigeria for oil palm

May 28, 2015 |

In Nigeria, Wilmar is being accused of land grabbing as it embarks upon a 30,000 ha backward integration project to bring former oil palm plantations back into production. Local and international environment groups say the project has polluted local streams and water resources. The company says boosting production will help the country reduce its reliance […]

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Indian palm oil factory looking to produce biodiesel from oil palm sludge

Indian palm oil factory looking to produce biodiesel from oil palm sludge

April 22, 2015 |

In India, a proposed new palm oil factory aims to use oil palm sludge to produce biodiesel. The facility should be online in about 10 months and in the second in the Apparaopeta region of Telangana state to be built, helping to support local oil palm growers.

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Sarawak Oil Palms begins commissioning of Malaysian biodiesel plant

Sarawak Oil Palms begins commissioning of Malaysian biodiesel plant

December 1, 2014 |

In Malaysia, Sarawak Oil Palms began commissioning its biodiesel plant in Sarawak, running at about 50% of its installed capacity of 300 metric tons per day. The facility is expect to supply the region for the mandated B7 blend. It is one of the last regions to implement biodiesel blending due to the lack of […]

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Thailand promoting massive growth in oil palm production at expense of rubber

Thailand promoting massive growth in oil palm production at expense of rubber

August 5, 2014 |

In Thailand, the government has boosted the price paid to farmers to cut down rubber trees following a 20% cut in global rubber prices and is encouraging them to instead plant oil palm trees to increase biodiesel production. The plan is to cut down 350,000 rubber trees per year, up from 250,000 trees originally, while […]

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