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"Position of CPO Market Amidst EU Boycott, Political Trends & Sustainability"
"Can Digitalization & Block Chain Technology Improve
Grappling with attack on issues from deforestation to labour exploitation, and the violation of indigenous people’s rights , palm oil companies have been investing heavily in technology to boost their sustainability credentials.
“A key challenge for the palm oil trade is increasing yield productivity per unit area, and companies have been working on technologies that work throughout the production chain, from planting materials to finished product.”
~ Eco-Business Wednesday 13 February 2019
However, smallholders produce 40% of the world’s palm oil - Without engaging them with the tools, the impact and effectiveness of technologies are restricted.
Palm oil buyers are increasingly demanding their oil to come from non-deforested or burned land. How can block chain technology be applied to tackle traceability which is one of the industry’s biggest challenges ?
Malaysia plans to halt all expansion of oil palm plantations this year as it seeks to dispel the oil’s reputation as a driver of deforestation.
~ 1 March 2019 Bloomberg
The recent moves by EU in boycotting palm oil realistically does nothing to protect the Southeast Asia’s rainforests. In a tit for tat, Indonesia & Malaysia has recently retaliated with a threat to ban European goods as palm oil row escalates . This means that both countries will gradually lose its grip on the EU market ( the world’s 3rd largest consumer of palm oil ).
Is palm oil boycotting really the answer to solve deforestation ?
Boycotts only affects the smallholders and it leaves them with no options except to burn that palm oil off, or move into new areas, and those new areas are likely to be forests.
It is noted that the European Commission will allow a number of exceptions from producers who could certify that they had intensified yields without needing expansion onto non-agricultural land.
So if certification is the answer , is there a market for certified palm oil ?
Sime Darby, which produces 98% of its palm oil RSPO certified comments that big buyer markets such as China and India are not as concerned about sustainability as markets such as the EU. According to Dr Simon Lord, their Chief Sustainability Head, 50 per cent of the oil that they produce—all of which is certified sustainable—actually isn’t sold as sustainable palm oil.
Seedlings of the CPS2, variety are being rolled out by MPOB in response to a labour shortage and the shrinking availability of land for new plantations.
The dwarf trees are clones of a new variety bred to be 30 per cent smaller than regular oil palms when they mature.
According to Dr Melina Ong Abdullah who heads the breeding and tissue culture unit CPS2's shorter fronds enable farmers to plant as many as 36 per cent more seedlings in a hectare without reducing yield quality at the same time , it makes harvesting safer and more efficient.
About 10 per cent of fruit bunches rot each season because of a labour shortage and lack of skilled workers who can cut down fruit from older, taller trees, according to industry estimates.
Attend the 11th ASIA Sustainable Oil Palm Summit and participate actively in discussions that are evolving rapidly in the industry.
Good job done by the organizing committee.
~ TH-Indo Plantation
It has been worthwhile with lots of relevant information on important topics.
~ PT. Incasi Raya
Various topics were well delivered and provided me with a new knowledge and experience in oil palm industries.
~ United Malacca Berhad
Great conference with good networking potential.
Great forum for new information in sustainability, new research and automation.
~ PT Smart Tbk
The 10th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit provided a common platform for us, oil palm stakeholders to discuss on the latest progress and info in the industry, and has a good networking for industry players.
~ MKH Resources Sdn Bhd
Good conference with good crowd, good matchmaking made lots of contacts.
~ Felda Palm Industries Sdn Bhd
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