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23631. 26/12/2002
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 23: The RM100 million fund pledged by the FederalGovernment to help rubber and oil palm smallholders nationwide to improvetheir income was fully disbursed in 2001 and 2002.Agriculture Minister Datuk Effendi Norwawi handed out RM2.49 million inaid to 350 smallholders in Kuala Langat, Selangor, today, signifying thefull disbursement of the fund."This shows that the Government has fulfilled its promise to thesmallholders," he said.A total of 15,000 smallholders nationwide benefited from the fund,allocated through the ministry, which was announced by Deputy PrimeMinister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in March last year.The smallholders today were part of the 709 rubber and oil palmsmallholders in the State who received RM5 million aid.Effendi urged the smallholders to use their aid wisely, utilising moderntechniques to sustain their crops and their income.The fund was pledged by the Federal Government to aid smallholders aftermarket prices of commodities such as palm oil, rubber and coconut fell totheir lowest level.Several assistance schemes were also introduced by the Government asshort- and long-term measures to increase the smallholders' incomes.The Agriculture Ministry will be seeking an allocation of RM70 millionfrom the Federal Government for the same purpose next year for another10,000 smallholders nationwide.
23632. 26/12/2002
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23633. 23/12/2002
NEW DELHI, Dec 18 (Bernama) -- Imports of edible oil by India is expectedto surge to an all-time-high of five million tonnes, going by imports inNovember, the first month of the current oil year and lower Rabi (winterseason) produce of oilseeds."Imports may cross five million tonnes, surpassing the earlier high of4.83 million tonnes in 2000-01, if 21 percent growth in November 2002, thebeginning of the new season is any indication," a leading importer hasbeen quoted in a Mumbai-datelined report in the financial daily theEconomic Times as saying.
23634. 23/12/2002
CAPITALISING on the largely untapped tech-savvy agriculture industry,MSC-status iTech Worldwide Sdn Bhd is pushing its newly-launched eFlexPlantware, a plantation management business solution, to the local marketand Indonesia, before venturing into other countries like Vietnam.
23635. 23/12/2002
JOHOR BARU, Dec 21: The latest smear campaign against palm oil productsby non-governmental organisations in the west is being orchestrated bycompetitors of palm oil industries.Revealing this today, Malaysian Palm Oil Board director-general Datuk DrYusof Basiron said the smear campaign, which linked the palm oil industrywith the alleged destruction of orang utan's habitat in Sarawak, was thelatest tactic employed by those such as members of the soya bean oilindustry.
23636. 23/12/2002
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) hasentered into a joint venture with the Beijing Forest Bureau to make atrial usage of a biomass product, Ecomat, in Beijing desert to preventsandstorms.According to Primary Industries Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik, theecomat fibre-mat is obtained from empty fruit bunches of the oil palm.
23637. 18/12/2002
Chemical Business NewsBase 11/30/2002 - The Indian edible oil industry,which produces oil from groundnut, rapeseed, sesame seed, castor seed,sunflower, etc will witness major reforms in the near future. Indiautilizes nearly 28.4 M hectares of land for the production of a number ofcommercial varieties of oil seeds. The Technology Mission on Oil Seeds setup by the Government of India in 1996 adopted certain strategies toincrease oil seeds and oil production, which increased oil seed productionto about 23.7 M tonnes in 1997-1998 to cater to Rup 400 bn oil seedsmarket. Although India accounts only for 9.3% of world's oil production,today it is the largest producer of castor seed and the third largestproducer of rapeseed and cottonseed.The industry expects the high import duty of 40% on oil seeds to bereduced to 5%. With 15,000 crushing units and 400 crude edible oilrefining units, of which 60-70% are small, the installed capacity of oilmills is about 36 M tonnes/y, thereby making India as the fourth largestedible oil economy. In spite of considerable installed capacity, thecapacity utilisation is only 40% (solvent extraction units operating at33% and vegetable oil refineries operating at 40% capacity).Production of edible oil in India has increased to 7 M tonnes in1997-1998. Refined oil accounts for nearly 2 M tonnes out of the total oilconsumption of 9 M tonnes. Edible oil consumption is increasing at about5-6%. India imports 43% of edible oil and during 1997-1998 imports haveincreased to 2.1 M tonnes. With the introduction of differential dutystructure in Dec 1999, duty on refined oil was fixed at 27.5% (25% plus10% surcharge) and that on crude oil was 16.5% (15% plus 10% surcharge).The Rup 11.65 bn refined edible oil trader and manufacturer Adani Wilmarbased in Ahmedabad is the largest edible oil refinery in India with arefining capacity of 800 tonnes/day. The refinery produces 100 tonnes/dayof vanaspati at Mundra Port involving an expenditure of Rup 1 bn. Therefinery, which refines all kinds edible oils imports crude oil forrefining from local (Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh) andinternational (Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, and the US)markets.
23638. 17/12/2002
(Canberra Times) 12/01/2002 - THE head of Australia's peak motoring grouphas called on the heavy vehicle industry to adopt the use of biodiesel inplace of petrol-based fuels.NRMA motoring and services chief executive Rob Carter said industries suchas trucking and bus transport had a responsibility to help reducegreenhouse gas emissions by switching from standard diesel to biodieselwith no ill effects on machinery.Biodiesel is a plant extract produced from crops like canola. It can besubstituted for standard petrol-based diesel without modifications todiesel engines.'Wider use of biodiesel would reduce Australia's dependence on crude oilas a fuel source and would provide an alternative crop for Australianfarmers,' Mr Carter said.'The whole process from paddock to tailpipe can be greenhouse neutral,which means it does not contribute to global warming.' Mr Carter saidtests had shown no adverse impact from using biodiesel and severalAustralian and overseas transport companies had already proved the fuelcould be an effective substitute.However, Australian Trucking Association deputy chief executive MichaelApps said cost remained the biggest deterrent to using alternative fuelslike biodiesel.'Our industry is willing to use any fuel, but it has to be cost-effectiveand available,' Mr Apps said.He said modern sulphur-reduced clean diesel, due to be introducednationally on January 1, was as environmentally friendly as canola-basedfuel and would be sufficient until the introduction of hydrogen-basedfuel-cell technology.By Scott Hannaford
23639. 17/12/2002
(Waste Treatment Technology News) Nov 2002 - A Staffordshire University(School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Beacon Building,Staffordshire University, Beaconside, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18 0AD,U.K.; Tel: +44 (0) 1785 353335) researcher has developed a method forconverting used cooking oil into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning alternativeto fossil-based diesel.The process devised by Tarik Al-Shemmeri, a Staffordshire Reader inEnvironmental Engineering, employs discarded vegetable oil as the base fora sustainable fuel. Unlike conventional diesel, the oil does not releasesulfur dioxide, a contributor to acid rain and one of world's worstpollutants, when burned. When combusted in a conventional diesel engine,biodiesel also reduces unburned hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide andparticulate matter. Compared to petroleum diesel, up to 78.5% of carbondioxide emissions can be eliminated. The biofuel can be used in existingengines with little impact on operating performance.In addition, Al-Shemmeri's biodiesel offers an environmentally friendlyuse for the large volumes of castoff cooking oil continuously produced byrestaurants and hotels worldwide. If not properly disposed off, the usedoil can pollute agricultural land and waterways.Biodiesel is derived from vegetable oil through an esterification process,which uses alcohol and slow heating to convert the oils into biodiesel(alkyl esters), glycerine and traces of water. Each ester chain usuallycontains 18 carbon atoms and retains two oxygen atoms, which gives thefuel unique combustion properties.The Staffordshire researcher has conducted a series of successfulexperiments using the biodiesel in a 10-kW diesel engine mounted on alaboratory test bed. Al-Shemmeri believes one of the best applications forthe biodiesel is fueling small power generators that would create heat andelectricity for small and rural communities around the world. He says,"This fuel would be ideal for use in conventional diesel-poweredgenerators which typically supply electricity to villages in parts ofAfrica or Asia. By collecting unwanted cooking oil, villagers can access areliable and cheap fuel."Al-Shemmeri presented his research findings, "Biodiesel Fuel for CombinedHeat and Power Generation," to the 37th International Universities PowerEngineering Conference held in Staffordshire in early September. Energyexperts representing 36 countries from five continents attended thethree-day conference, which covered topics including power generation andrenewable energy sources.
23640. 17/12/2002
12/11/2002 (Business Daily Update) - China's soybean imports may rise by athird in the year ending September 2003 as crushing capacity expands,putting pressure on the government to resolve confusion over newgenetically modified crop rules, analysts said. China will import about 14million metric tons of soybeans in the current marketing year, saidRichard Loewy, general manager of Doane Agricultural Services, anagriculture market consultant. China's soybean imports will rise afterthey fell 28 percent in the first 10 months of 2002, Loewy said.This year, imports fell mostly because of confusion about new rules ongenetically modified crops that were implemented on March 20."With crushing capacity up, the importance of the gene-modified rulesissue is going to diminish, and China's going to import beans when itneeds beans," said Loewy.Many State-owned companies are building new crushing plants, which turnsoybeans into soybean oil for cooking and soybean meal for animal feed, inan effort to boost the industry's efficiency to compete with imports ofthese products. China's total crushing capacity will rise 6.7 percent yearon year in 2003 to 160,000 tons a day as companies in the provinces ofGuangdong, Sichuan and Liaoning build plants, said Cao Zhi, an analystwith the China National Grain & Oils Information Center, an arm of thegovernment's State Grain Bureau. That follows a capacity increase of atleast 9 percent this year because of new plants in Northeast China's Jilinand Heilongjiang provinces that started operations in October. The newcrushers include a 3,000 ton-a-day plant owned by Jilin Grain Group Import& Export Co, one of the government's top two grain trading arms. Twoplants in Heilongjiang, owned by the government's Nongken State Farmnetwork, each have capacity of 1,200 tons a day.
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