Malaysia launches ‘Love MY Palm Oil’ drive

The Ministry of Primary Industries announced yesterday a year-long ‘Love MY Palm Oil’ campaign to fight anti-palm oil campaigns that are threatening the people’s livelihood.

Minister Teresa Kok Suh Sim said the campaign’s objective was to instil national pride and greater appreciation for Malaysian palm oil, focusing on socio- economic importance, health, nutrition, and food and non-food applications.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to officiate at the official launch of the “Love MY Palm Oil” campaign in the first quarter of 2019.

“Events and activities will be held catering to different stakeholders, including industry members, professionals, students, academia and the general public.

“These include targeting our young impressionable people from primary school to tertiary levels through the setting up of palm oil ambassador clubs in campuses, Edupalm forum, palm oil cooking competition and educational palm tree planting exercise,” she said in her keynote address at the Reach and Remind, Friends of the Industry Seminar 2019 and Dialogue organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council here yesterday.

Kok said for the government to fight against anti- palm oil campaigns that are endangering the people’s livelihood, all Malaysians needed to know and love palm oil.

She said the sentiment was also shared by Dr Mahathir who had voiced out his concerns and support in protecting the nation’s palm industry and the livelihood of fellow Malaysians.

“Tun (Dr Mahathir) has always been very supportive of the palm oil industry as it is a major contributor to our economy and rural poverty eradication.

“While we will continue to face many more challenges in 2019, let us be more resourceful in the marketplace and also uphold our Malaysian palm oil.

“This is because in reality our own people, including businesses, are not aware of the socio-economic importance and nutritional value of palm oil, besides it being more environment-friendly compared with other competing oils,” she said.

This, Kok said, was evident by the misperception among many Malaysians who were taken in by the aggressive anti- palm oil campaigns. She also expressed regret that some local businesses were found to be selling imported “no palm-oil” labelled products.

She said the locals also needed to be educated with the correct information such as that the palm oil industry was more efficient, with yield ten times more than other oils per hectare planted, thus utilising less land, and it used fewer pesticides and chemical fertilisers than other vegetable oil sources.

Meanwhile, she said since Europe was demanding only certified palm oil by 2020 through the Amsterdam Declaration, Malaysia was prepared to meet the requirement through its mandatory Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil ( MSPO) certification scheme.

“We will ensure that all palm oil exports to the global markets, including Europe, are at least MSPO-certified by Jan 1, 2020,” she said.

The minister also called for the stakeholders to rally behind the government and support this effort with the ultimate goal of producing and marketing palm oil that was sustainably produced with the highest mark of Malaysian quality assurance.

“In other words, a five-star oil,” she added. — Bernama

Orang bumai padi SRI Ba’ Kelalan gagit ngetau asil padi keterubah

Pengarang enggau ngetau padi SRI Ba’ Kelalan

Dikarang: Sudan Ajang

Sepenyampau 11 orang bumai berau Adan di Long Langai, Ba’ Kelalan kemari gagit amat ngetau asil padi keterubah ti ditanam ngena chara betanam padi organik dikelala ngena nama Sistem Intensifikasi Padi (SRI).

SRI siti chara nanam padi ti dikena nambahka asil padi mungkur aktiviti nyendiaka tegalan, benih, betambak, ngesum, entali ai, ngintu enggau nyaga penyakit ngena chara organik.

Baru Agong, 68, antara orang bumai berasai lantang amat meda asil ketau keterubah kenyau ari chara SRI tu berengkah dipejalai dalam taun 2014 sereta dikemeran ba Long Langai dalam taun 2018.

“Aku berasai lantang amat pagi tu laban tangkai lebat amat enggau leka ti kuning. Padi mega tumbuh galak,” ku iya lebuh dikerandau Utusan Borneo ba Long Langai ditu kemari.

Baru udah lama bumai ngena rachun madahka iya deka seruran ngemeranka chara SRI ungkup bumai padi Adan dudi hari.

“Taja chara tu mayuh agi likuh pengawa laban padi begunaka intu, tang aku tepantup ati,” ku iya.

Pengempu umai SRI, Harrison Thadem Sakai, 35, madahka pemanah nyata dipeda chara SRI iya nya asil ketau nambah dibanding chara bumai ngelama tu.

“Taun tu aku mujur ngetau tujuh guni padi SRI dibanding taun nyin tadi semina empat guni aja. Taja bisi kena penyakit, tang asil diketau tetap mayuh.

“Pia mega nengah chara tu aku ulih belajar nagang keruga tekuyung enggau ngaga sum organik dikena ngulihka padi ti manah lalu mansutka tangkai ti galak,” ku Harrison.

Projek pemungkal bumai padi SRI tu dipejalaika Tabung Jelu Siga Sedunya (WWF) Malaysia nengah agih belanja RM1.5 juta ari CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (CIMB Islamic).

Di Sarawak, nya dipejalai ba Ba’Kelalan enggau Long Semadoh pengelama tiga taun berengkah ari 2017 nyentuk 2019 enggau semua penyampau agih belanja manggai RM600,000.

Chara bumai padi SRI berengkah dibai Opis Betanam Betupi Sarawak (JPS) dalam taun 2014 di Long Rusu, Ba’Kelalan ngaul lima iku orang bumai ti ngulu program ‘ ujian petak’ ari baruh Palan Pansik Betanam Betupi.

Raban WWF Malaysia enggau CIMB Islamic melanja pesereta ngambika ngulu program JPS nyengkaum pejalai ngelawa SRI Lovely Farm di Sik, Kedah belajarka teori enggau pekara teknikal SRI.

Dalam taun 2017, bumai SRI dikerembai ngagai kampung Long Langai ngaul 11 iku orang bumai ti komited ngemujurka projek tu.

Felow Institut Pengurusan Bencana Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Zakaria Kamantasha madah ba Ba’ Kelalan padi ti ditanam ngena chara bahan kimia semina ulih mansutka asil urung 12 tangkai padi dibanding chara SRI 50 nyentuk 80 tangkai padi segempung.

“Tu rikod ti manah. Raban bumai ba Long Langai nemu pekara tu lalu bagas ngena chara bumai ke meruan t ngemeranka bumai manahka rampa menua.

Pemesai Program Pelajar enggau Kaul Komuniti Kanan WWF- Malaysia Alicia Ng madah, raban bumai ba Long Langai ngepunka pengawa bumai dalam bulan Julai 2018.

“Nengah chara tu, kita ngarapka iya ulih mantu nambahka penatai pemis raban bumai enggau komoditi menua tu kelebih ag ba Ba’Kelalan nengah chara organik,” ku iya.

Ku Ng nambah, ngemeranka betanam betupi organik beguna amat dikena ngintu rampa menua asal ngeling Ba’Kelalan laban tu nyad sebagi ari kandang Taman Negara Pulong Tau.

Sama datai ketuai kampung (KK) Long Langai Matius Padan enggau peranak ari beberapa genturung pendiau ngelingi Long Langai – Utusan Borneo

Gambar asal ari Sudan Ajang

EU ban on palm oil impacts poor farmers

Palm oil maybe a bogeyman for some in Britain; in much of the developing world around the equator, it is a lifeline.

Oil palm is easy to grow and harvest, earns good money for poor farmers and their families, and is far, far more productive than any comparable crop.