The Edge Markets (11/01/2021) - KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 11): The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (KPPK) has given an assurance that oil palm plantations will be given permission to operate as usual if the government implements the movement control order (MCO) 2.0.
Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said this is important to ensure that palm oil production is not interrupted and the country could continue its commodity exports to the rest of the world.
"We have gone through the MCO 1.0 phase in March 2020 and today we have been through it for almost one year. Of course, we have learnt the best way for us to manage the plantations more prudently.
"Besides that, workers in oil palm plantations have always practised social distancing and their jobs require them to distance themselves. Hence, the spread of Covid-19 can be avoided," he told a press conference in conjunction with the Palm Oil Economic Review & Outlook (R&O) today.
Mohd Khairuddin said his ministry is optimistic that the palm oil trade performance would be better this year due to the positive forecast of the country's economy, as well as productivity, which is expected to increase due to good agricultural practices that form the basis of the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MPSO) certification scheme.
He said as at Dec 31, 2020, a total of 5.2 million hectares or 88.25% of the 5.9 million hectares under oil palm cultivation in Malaysia had obtained MSPO certificates.
A total of 434 mills or 96.02% of the 452 palm oil mills have also obtained MSPO certificates.
Meanwhile, he said Malaysia had decided to file legal action with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union's (EU) restrictions on palm oil-based biofuel.
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