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27241. 22/08/2001
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 21 (Bernama) -- Malaysian Palm Oil Promotion Council's(MPOPC) director of marketing and promotions, Dr Ahmad Ibrahim, isconfident that palm oil consumption worldwide will continue to increase.
27242. 21/08/2001
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- One of the difficult challenges faced bythe palm oil industry when it comes to marketing, is the consumers'negative perception regarding the oils nutritional aspects.
27243. 21/08/2001
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- The government will abolish the fivepercent export duty for semi-processed palm oil products (first stage andsecond stage) effective Sept 1, said Primary Industries Minister DatukSeri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.
27244. 21/08/2001
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- In view of the increasing palm oilproduction, Malaysian producers need to expand their exports to other newmarkets.
27245. 21/08/2001
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- Research and Development (R&D)institutions such as the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) will continue tofocus on the sector, said MPOB's chairman Tan Sri Basir Ismail.
27246. 21/08/2001
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- Palm oil, one of the oldest commoditytraded in Malaysia, is now going online, keeping up with the savvy worldof the Internet with the electronic exchange for palm oil products(ePOMEX) launched here Monday.
27247. 21/08/2001
   
IT IS something of an irony that in some Western countries the rambutanand durian are often labelled as Thai fruits despite their Malay names.
27248. 21/08/2001
   
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 (Bernama) -- Productivity improvement is crucial forthe palm oil industry to remain competitive in the market place, saidPrimary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.
27249. 21/08/2001
   
MUMBAI, Aug. 16. SOYABEAN oil has started to flood the country inunprecedented quantities even as the Government is apparently unable to doanything even to slow the flow.Opening of the floodgates is not only distorting the market, but alsoapprehensions that the sudden rush of imports at a time when the domesticcrop prospects are looking bright could hurt farmers' interests aregaining ground rapidly. Moreover, invoice manipulation in soyabean oilimports cannot be ruled out, say trade intermediaries.The import numbers, no doubt, bear out the fears. While soyabean oilarrivals during the whole of oil year 1999- 2000 (November-October) were5.61 lakh tonnes, arrivals in the first nine months of the current year -November 2000 to July 2001 - already totalled 8.38 lakh tonnes.Worse, out of this record quantity, 5.78 lakh tonnes arrived in the lastthree months. July alone saw a massive jump in soyaoil imports to anunprecedented 2.80 lakh tonnes as per latest estimate. In the currentmonth, several large vessels carrying soyabean oil are scheduled toarrive, while many are already in the process of discharging at variousports of the country.According to information reaching here, Kakinada port alone has in thefirst fortnight of this month discharged 34,000 tonnes of soyabean oil,the quantity equivalent to imports through the port in the previous fourmonths from April to July. The situation in other ports is no different.The rate of arrivals suggests that aggregate import of soyabean oil duringoil year 2000-01 may reach 13-14 lakh tonnes, about 25 per cent of thecountry's total edible oil imports during the year and nearly 150 per centmore than previous year's imports.The haste with which massive quantities of soyabean oil have beencontracted for import because of the advantage of lower duty (45 per centad valorem on crude soyabean oil) has led to serious implications forconsumer welfare.The massive surge in low-duty soyaoil over the last three months has ledto rampant adulteration of this oil with premium but scarce oils such assunflower oil. With the Government machinery inadequate and lax inmonitoring edible oil quality, adulterators are having a field day.Equally important, with the imported soyaoil glut, domestic processorswill find it uneconomic to crush indigenous soyabean in the ensuingseason. The harvest is just a few weeks away. On current reckoning,soyabean output is likely to rebound from last year's weather affected 48lakh tonnes to around 56-58 lakh tonnes this year. As processing marginessentially comes from sale of oil, processing activity may slowdown asmargin may not be attractive, it is feared. In case of soyabean, the oilcontent is 17 per cent only.The huge inflow of soyaoil is the result of a rather skewed customs dutystructure for edible oils announced in the Union Budget on February 28this year. While the basic customs duty on all edible oils was raisedsteeply to 75-85 per cent, soyabean oil attracted only 45 per cent becauseof WTO-binding. Apparently, soyabean oil enjoys the most-favoured-oilstatus with the Government.As a result, import of sunflower oil which was 5.74 lakh tonnes in1999-2000 is down this year by 50 per cent to 2.84 lakh tonnes as arrivalshave virtually dried up over the last two months. The acute scarcity ofsunflower oil, accentuated by sharp decline in indigenous output in thecurrent year because of drought conditions, has encouraged rampant mixingwith cheap oils such as soya.In addition, on August 3, the Government fixed tariff values for palm oils- crude palm oil, refined palm oil and refined palmolein; but soft oils(soyabean oil, sunflower oil etc) were left untouched.Trade intermediaries point out that the menace of invoice-manipulation maynot be confined to palm oils, but is equally likely in case of soyabeanoil also. Indeed, soyabean oil prices have been as volatile as palm oilprices. The price trends of both palm and soya oils over the last threemonths suggest they have moved in tandem.Interestingly, a wide variation is reported in the price of soyabean oilconsignments that have recently arrived and been cleared. A traderepresentative told Business Line on condition anonymity that invoiceprices varied from a low of $309 per tonne to a high of $400 a tonne costand freight, a variation which was rather unusual, to put it mildly. Largevolume consignments were priced lower, he pointed out.These developments have cast a shadow not only on trade
27250. 21/08/2001
   
Unilever says that there is no similarity between its cholesterol loweringmargarine and Bayer's Baycol (Lipobay) which was recently withdrawn fromthe market because of complaints over unacceptable side effects.This margarine is marketed under the name Becel Pro-Active in theNetherlands and Take Control in the US.Unlike Bayer's drug, it is not intended as a therapeutic agent and itscholesterol lowering action is based on plant sterols rather than statinsas in Baycol.Unilever says the announcement by Bayer will have no affect on its salesof cholesterol lowering margarines and does not necessitate that itsmargarines be further studied for possible adverse side effects.Earlier in 2001 a French report suggested that consumption of largeamounts of cholesterol lowering fats could result in breast, intestinal,and prostate cancer, but these finding were contested by Dutchmanufacturers of margarine, fats, and oils.In 1H 2001 Unilever recorded a turnover of EUR 50 M for cholesterollowering margarine in the Netherlands and the US.
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