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10th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit

30-31 Jul, 2018 - Bali, INDONESIA

Pullman Bali Legian Beach

“Intensifying Sustainable Palm Oil Practices in Challenging Times
 & Enhancing Sustainable Practices”  

Indonesia vows to solve palm oil replanting problems to boost yields
Source: Xinhua | 2018-01-19


According to the Agriculture ministry - Indonesia has set a replanting plan for 4.7 million hectares of palm oil plantation in the country aimed at boosting yields. Many of the palm oil plantations have been aging and have low seeds quality with many of them belonging to smallholders. Smallholder farmers play a very important role as they make up for almost half of Indonesia’s palm oil plantations.


To meet the rising demand for palm oil in the coming decades without further deforestaton, smallholders urgently need to replant and improve productivity on existng plots by adopting more sustainable practices.


How are plantation companies supporting smallholders in this endeavor ?


Asian Agri, a leading palm oil producer has taken an admirable step to partner with smallholders , giving grants for farmers to obtain RSPO certification. It is currently running a One to One Commitment program, which sees the company matching each hectare of its own land with one hectare of land owned by smallholders by the end of 2018.


Perceived high risks and costs of agricultural lending deter banks and investors from providing finance to smallholders. What replanting financing schemes are there to help smallholders ?


Will EU ban of palm oil biodiesel affect palm oil trade significantly ?


The Malaysian government is calling for palm oil producers to start looking into new export markets and promote the use of palm oil in other ways while Indonesia has announced plans to increase palm oil domestic biodiesel usage to the mining sector. While this issue is addressed with urgency, the presence of 3MCPD and Glycidyl esters in refined vegetable oils, including palm oil, could become an even bigger headache for the industry.


What measures are taken by MPOB to address the food safety issues effectively ?


What subsidies are available to the Indonesian mining sector for use of palm oil biodiesel and when is the implementation expected to take effect ?


Digitalizing & innovations to transform the palm oil industry.
Despite their massive potential, it is challenging to apply emerging technologies to its work in a multi-stakeholder supply chain. From using sensors to monitor oil palm plantations to harnessing the potential of digitalisation in a complex palm oil supply chain more ,technology will be the key to sustainable palm oil.
Hear from IJM Plantations on how the company focusses on inculcating the culture of innovation and continuous improvement within its organization, while not compromising on their many ongoing sustainability-related initiatives.
Celebrating its 10th series, CMT welcomes palm oil stakeholders from top executives to operational directors and sustainability heads to convene in Bali this July to discuss real on-going issues & challenges facing the industry

Key highlights 

  • Palm path in 2018-19 -will it be more politicized
  • Intensifying domestic biodiesel consumption & expanding usage to the mining sector
  • Realizing the oil palm rejuvenation program in Riau & challenges
  • Partnership with smallholders to improve efficiency – Asian Agri perspective
  • Stakeholder engagement – key to driving sustainability and innovations in the palm oil sector – IJM Plantations perspective
  • Digitalizing & transforming oil palm plantation management to increase yield and improve field monitoring
  • Recent developments in tackling 3-MCPD & Glycidol food safety issues in palm oil
  • Palm oil markets in Pakistan and the Middle East
  • World's first palm-based commercial scale bio-compressed natural gas plant
  • Protecting Indonesia’s peat ecosystem – Katingan Mentaya project
  • Landscaping integration with oil palm plantations – Case study in Kalimantan
  • Recent trials & successes with Felda’s 3 Way Cross in close density planting
  • New developments in pre-nursery seed testing 
  • Developments in innovative financing schemes for smallholders
Don’t delay. Register now to take advantage of the early bird discount. For group discounts, contact Ms Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg

Testimonial from 9th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit
31 July-2 August 2017, Kuala Lumpur

Good Platform
~ Felda Agricultural Services Sdn Bhd


Very informative, somewhat intimate that focuses on innovations in the industry
~ Aidenvironment Asia


Very valuable topics & Interactions


Able to get inputs / feedbacks from  speakers & participants 

~ Sabah Softwoods Bhd  


Informative. Covering a broad range of various aspects related to palm oil
~ Unilever


This was my 1st to attend, to have knowledge and supply of palm oil industry technology
~ Kao Corporation


Comprehensive, informative and fruitful to attend
~ JFL Holdings (Halcyon Rubber Estates Sdn. Bhd.)


Highly technical for advanced exploitation of oil palm plantation/industry
~ Palmci SA



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Malaysian and Regional Palm Oil exporters expect to Benefit from US-China trade war

Posted on : 21 May, 2018

The ongoing trade war between US and China is getting more intense. Recently, China imposed a 25-per cent tariff on US soy imports as a retaliation to USA’s plan to impose tariffs on US$50 billion of Chinese goods.
This move is expected to help Malaysian and other palm oil exporters in the region as the China may shift to crude palm oil (CPO). CPO is a direct competitor to soy in the edible oleins market and is a common substitute for soybean oil for use in the food-processing industry.
China already is Malaysia’s third largest export destination for CPO – with 1.92 million tonnes being exported to China last year.
China is the world’s largest soybean importer and the biggest buyer of US soybean, with trade estimated at US$14 billion last year. The trade ban on soy imports is expected to significantly benefit Malaysian and other palm oil producers in the region.
Gain more insights on palm oil exports and trade at CMT’s 10th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit on 30-31 July, 2018 in Bali.
Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.

Several Singaporean F&B Companies to Start Using Sustainably Sourced Palm Oil

Posted on : 10 Apr, 2018

Sustainably sourced palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia has been promoted and encouraged for some time now as palm oil has often come under criticism for causing air pollution in Southeast Asia, draining carbon-rich peatland, deforestation due to slash-and-burn tactics. 
With demand for palm oil projected to grow by another 50 percent by 2020, sustainable production is the way forward.
Responding to such pressing needs, 19 food and beverages companies from Singapore have come forward to show their commitment in using sustainably sourced palm oil in their products. Some of these companies are big names such as Crystal Jade, F&N and Tung Lok, as well as small businesses such as Veganburg and NomVNom. These 19 companies account for more than 200 F&B outlets in Singapore.
Ten out of the 19 companies have said they will start using sustainable palm oil this year itself and have already become a member of the South-east Asia Alliance for Sustainable Palm Oil (Saspo), an initiative led by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore that addresses the need for sustainable palm oil. Saspo now has 15 members. 
Dr Ng Wai Lek, director of NomVNom, said the price difference between sustainable and unsustainable palm oil is about $3 per tin. Members of Saspo said that sustainable palm oil adds less than 10 per cent to total operating costs.
More about sustainable palm oil demand and supply at CMT’s 10th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit on 30-31 July, 2018 in Bali.
Contact Ms. Huiyan at huiyan@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9113.

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Speaker Profile

Peter de Haan
Director Sustainable Landscape Management, Aidenvironment Asia
Unfolding the landscape approach in Ketapang, West Kalimantan
Day 2 [Tue 31, July], at 09:40 AM


Peter de Haan works at the Asia office of Aidenvironment in Bogor Indonesia. As Director of Sustainable Landscapes Programs he is responsible for the development and implementation of sustainable landscape programs, with an emphasis on the oil palm and forestry landscapes in Indonesia. Peter holds degrees in Agricultural E....
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Rajinder Singh
Principal Research Officer/ Group Leader - Genomics Research, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
New developments in pre-nursery seed testing
Day 2 [Tue 31, July], at 11:15 AM


Rajinder has been with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board for the last 18 years. He holds a PhD in Plant Genetics and is currently the Head of Genomics Unit of the Advanced Biotechnology & Breeding Centre, at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB).

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Dr. Suan-Choo Cheah
Chief Scientific Officer, ACGT Sdn Bhd
Overcoming the Ganoderma Threat with Biotech Solutions
Day 2 [Tue 31, July], at 11:45 AM


Dr. Cheah was appointed Chief Scientific Officer of ACGT Sdn Bhd in August 2006 to spearhead the establishment of the com....
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Tan Joon Sheong
Head of Planting Materials, Felda Global Ventures Research & Development Sdn Bhd
Recent trials & successes with Felda's 3 Way Cross in close density planting
Day 2 [Tue 31, July], at 10:10 AM


Dr. Tan graduated from University of Nottingham with a PhD in Bioscience. He specialises in plant disease resistance particularly in oil palm. He is currently the Head of Planting Material Division in FGV R&D where he is responsible for the release of advanced planting materials of oil palm with special traits.....
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