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26651. 27/09/2002
   
09/16/2002 (Financial Time) DAVAO CITY - The first village-level coconutoil processing mill run by agrarian reform beneficiaries in Mindanao,worth P2.9 million, was recently built by members of the Lawa WorkersMultipurpose Cooperative in Don Marcelino, Davao del Sur.The cooperative formed the Lawa integrated coconut processing plant withassistance from the United Nations Development Programme's Support forAgrarian Reform Development for Indigenous Community (UNDP-SARDIC), LandBank of the Philippines (Landbank), and Department of Agrarian Reform(DAR).The plant can process up to 10,000 nuts, or the equivalent of 2,250 kilosof copra, per sixteen hours, two-shift, operation into 1,140 kilos or1,239 liters of refined, bleached and deodorized cooking oil, the mainproduct, and 680 kilos of copra cake daily.The plant will also be engaged in the improvement of the cooperative'spresent operation of charcoal-making.This activity aims at increasing charcoal recovery and reduce exposure tocharcoal kiln smoke hazards, which is possible through the replacement ofthe current drum kiln with a new kiln dubbed Pag-asa.UNDP-SARDIC provided P1.2 million of the total project cost, LandbankP1.17 million and the beneficiaries P500,000.The cooperative, as part of the Lawa agrarian reform community, has 106agrarian reform beneficiaries, 95% of whom belongs to the B'Laan-Manobotribe.The cooperative has become the owner of a 330-hectare coconut farm underthe Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. The farm produces an average of3.9 million nuts per year.Before the processing plant, the cooperative used traditional dryingfacilities which were able to process about 998,000 tons of copra reapingan annual profit of roughly P632,000.With the availability of the processing plant, the economic benefits areexpected to be much higher.Jose Ponce, DAR assistant secretary for support services, said thepioneering venture could be replicated in other coconut producing areas."It all started with a desire of the Lawa cooperative members to addressthe problem of low farm incomes from their coconut products due to thevolatile and fluctuating prices of copra," Mr. Ponce said.He urged beneficiaries and all project stakeholders to make the projectsustainable, viable and profitable by keeping the cooperative strong.
26652. 26/09/2002
   
09/07/2002 (Financial Times - Asia Intelligence Wire) - The Government ofIndia proposes to lift restrictions on futures trading in crude palm oil.Now, the Government has banned futures trading in 81 commodities.The lifting of curbs on futures trading in crude palm oil enablesarbitrage between the 2 exchanges, thereby improving the scope forco-operation between the 2 exchanges. The Malaysian Derivatives Exchangehandles about 1,25,000 tonnes per day of the commodity (crude palm oil).India accounts for about 40-50 percent foreign participation in theMalaysian Derivatives Exchange. The prominence for crude palm oil willincrease, as the gap in the differential tariffs between crude palm oiland soybean oil is narrowed. The fixation of basic import price by Indiawill have a positive impact on crude palm oil price.
26653. 24/09/2002
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 20 (Bernama) -- The government will continue torevitalise the agriculture sector as the third engine of growth todiversify the country's sources of growth, saysthe Treasury's 2002/2003Economic Report released Friday.It said the slower growth of the agriculture sector of 1.1 percent in 2002compared with 1.8 percent growth in 2001 was mainly due to contraction inthe production of crude palm oil (CPO) and fishing.
26654. 24/09/2002
   
PUTRAJAYA, Sept 23 (Bernama) -- Malaysia will become a major producer ofpulp and paper, as well as a major exporter of technology and expertise inthe pulping of the oil palm fibres, Minister of Primary Industries, DatukDr Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said."This will surely add to the income generated by the oil-palm industry andat the same time, reduce Malaysia's import on pulp and paper," he said inhis address at the official opening of the Pulp and Paper Seminar 2002here Monday.
26655. 24/09/2002
   
KOTA BARU, Sept 22 (NSTP): Three hundred and fifty-four settlers of FeldaKemahang 3 in Tanah Merah today filed a suit against Felda and two othersfor allegedly understating the quality of their oil palm fruits, causingthem to suffer losses since 1995.The writ of their summons was filed at the High Court registry by lawyersAsmadi Abu Bakar and Wan Rohimi Wan Daud.Also present were representatives of the settlers led by the chairman oftheir Jawatankuasa Tuntutan Suara Hati, Awang Soh Mamat.Felda has been named the first defendant, Felda Kemahang 3 manager IbrahimIsmail and Felda Palm Industries Sdn Bhd, the second and third defendantrespectively.In their writ, the plaintiffs said they were settlers of Felda Kemahang 3in Tanah Merah, which was opened in 1983.They claimed that they discovered a fraud and/or conspiracy in thetransactions of the palm oil fruits by the second defendant and/or thefirst defendant to the third defendant on their behalf in Sept 2001.The discovery, they said, was made by one of the plaintiffs who found aoriginal copy of the "Akuan Penerimaan Berat Timbang Sawit" issued by thethird defendant stating that the seller agreed that the Oil ExtractionRate (OER) was less than 18 per cent and the selling of the oil was basedon the agreement of both buyer-seller.The settlers said they never agreed to sell the fruits at below the 18 percent Oil Extraction Rate.They said the OER of less than 18 per cent is wrong, not accurate andagainst the grade issued by the Malaysian Oil Palm Board.The plaintiffs said the fraud and/or conspiracy had caused their OER to bedecreased by between two and three per cent for each tonne, causing themto lose between RM30 to RM50 for each tonne sold to the third defendant.
26656. 23/09/2002
   
20 Septembet. 2002 (Business Times) - MALAYSIA’S agriculture sector willremain as the third engine of growth despite a slower growth in 2002 at1.1 per cent compared with last year’s 1.8 per cent.
26657. 23/09/2002
   
18 September, 2002 (Business Times) - THE list of prospective buyers forUnilever Plc NV’s oil palm estates in Malaysia is said to have grown to11, with AmBank Group executive chairman Tan Sri Azman Hashim among thepossible bidders.
26658. 23/09/2002
   
20 September, 2002 (Business Times) - A TEAM of Malaysian scientists, incollaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), isworking on producing biodegradable plastics involving the metabolicengineering of oil palm.MIT professor Anthony John Sinskey, who is involved in the project, saidthe research comes under the Malaysia-MIT Biotechnology PartnershipProgramme (MMBPP) sponsored by the Malaysian Government.“The programme is participated by 18 academic, industry and governmentinstitutions, and more than 200 researchers worldwide,” he told BusinessTimes.Apart from MIT, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), Universiti KebangsaanMalaysia (UKM), Universiti Malaya (UM), and Universiti Putra Malaysia(UPM) are involved.According to Sinskey, MMBPP researchers are pursuing two separate avenuesto produce biodegradable plastics, scientifically known aspolyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs).MIT, UKM, UM and MPOB are looking into the use of enzymes to get the palmsto produce PHAs in the fronds.“Many of these enzymes are native in oil palm proteins whose levels can bemodulated to favour plastics production,” he said.But before this can be done, the scientists need to have a rigorousunderstanding of the complex chemical pathways involved in the plant’s oilproduction. Intensive research on the enzymes is required as well.“Once such knowledge is acquired, methods will be developed to achieve PHAsynthesis,” he added.On a parallel basis, MIT,MPOB and UPM scientists are seeking to alter thegenetics of the oil palm through the transplanting of PHA-producing genes.“An important part of this research is the identification of genes thatget naturally ‘turned on’.“And then we have to know how to direct the PHA biosynthesis genes to turnon only in the leaves and only at the proper developmental stage,” Sinskeysaid.The project is currently in the research and development phase, and isbeing carried out in laboratories in Malaysia and the US.“Several important milestones have been reached, including thedemonstration of transient production of PHA in cultured oil palm cells,and the development of analytical methods to quickly assess the levels ofPHA production.”The next phase of research will involve regeneration of entire oil palmplants that produce PHA, and further development of tissue-specific toolsfor PHA production in the fronds.But due to the long life cycle of the oil palm, plantations ofplastic-producing palms are at least 10 years away, the professor said.In addition, although the funding for the programme has been approved forthe next two years, money has not yet been disbursed, and the laboratoriesin Malaysia and at MIT have had to put the work on hold.On the benefits of the project to the plastics industry, Sinskey said PHAshave a large number of applications, including the production ofecologically friendly packaging materials, paints and surface treatments,and high-end medical products such as replacement heart valves.“And remember that being oil palm-based, the resource is a renewable one,and clean too.”Asked if there is any other way to produce plastics, Sinskey said bacteriacan be used but the process is much more expensive than petroleum-basedproduction.“Much of the cost of producing PHAs in bacteria is associated with theexpense of propagating and harvesting the bacteria.“Producing PHAs in oil palm on an agricultural scale has been shown to becommercially viable... bulk costs will be less than US$1 (US$1 = RM3.80) apound.“Of course, efficient processing techniques will have to be developed, andconsumers and governments will need to be encouraged to opt forecologically responsible plastics.”Biodegradable plastics production is a green technology that canultimately save the earth, Sinskey stressed.Apart from cost savings involved, the technology will also help addresssome key waste management issues such as PHAs which are truly recyclable.“There will also be less dependence on petroleum.”The metabolic engineering research is one of four ongoing projects underMMBPP, a five-year programme which is entering its fourth year.The others are research on the use of tissue culture techniques to developmore efficient tools for oil palm micro-propagation, and thestandardisation and characterisation of the bio-activities and qualitiesof two herbs, “Tongkat Ali” and “Pegaga”.
26659. 23/09/2002
   
20 September, 2002 - Quality environment is an invaluable asset. As thecommunity becomes affluent, the demand for quality environment is greater.A clean environment is the responsibility of everyone. The Governmentencourages the use of bio diesel in an effort to increase utilisation ofrenewable sources of energy which is environment-friendly. Towards this,the Government will grant subsidies to bio diesel as currently given todiesel.
26660. 23/09/2002
   
20 September, 2002 (Business Times) - MALAYSIA’S export performance haspicked up since March this year.
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