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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 -- The Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB) expects more smallholders’ participation with the expansion in cocoa cultivation from the current 15,000 hectares nationwide under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
Deputy director-general Dr Ramle Kasin said this aspiration would definitely require more smallholders’ participation from the current 14,000 farmers than the industry to generate handsome earnings compared with RM6.6 billion in 2019.
“Chocolate is something that people love. So, we don’t foresee any shortage in demand. However, we do acknowledge that our production needs to be improved,” he told Bernama.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 -- A total of 4,566 cocoa smallholders, involving 3,134 hectares of planted area, have received agricultural input assistance valued at RM2.69 million under the PRIHATIN Economic Stimulus Package.
Malaysian Cocoa Board (LKM) chairman Anyi Ngau said the aid was to assist cocoa smallholders affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I hope LKM's roles and functions will be strengthened to spur the development of the country's cocoa industry,” he said in a statement issued today in conjunction with Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Willie Mongin's working visit to LKM and the Cocoa Innovative and Technology Centre (PITK) in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan.

KOTA SAMARAHAN: Sarawak’s cocoa bean production showed an upward trend last year following the increased cocoa hectarage in the state.
According to Malaysian Cocoa Board (LKM) director (downstream technology) Haya Ramba, the increased cocoa hectarage in Kuching and Samarahan divisions contributed to the upward trend.
Haya, who is also LKM Kota Samarahan Research Centre manager, told Bernama recently that Department of Statistics figured show 6,800 hectares of cocoa farms in Sarawak.

KOTA SAMARAHAN, June 5 -- The Malaysian Cocoa Board has established the Sarawak Cocoa Cluster (SARA Cocoa Cluster) to enhance cocoa cultivation and production in the state.

Plantation and Commodity Industries deputy minister Willie Mongin said today that the establishment of the cluster was also in line with Sarawak's huge potential to become a producer of cocoa-based products, particularly chocolate products.

"SARA Cocoa Cluster is a cocoa cultivation area currently concentrated in Sebuyau, Asajaya, Kota Samarahan and Padawan, and will be expanded to Tebedu and Serian," he told a press conference at the SARA Cocoa Cluster construction site here.

KUALA LUMPUR (May 29): Guan Chong Bhd’s first quarter ended March 31, 2020 (1QFY20) net profit grew by 35.8% to RM72.17 million from RM53.14 million a year ago on higher selling prices of cocoa products and revenue contributed by its newly-acquired German subsidiary Schokinag Holding GmbH.
The higher quarterly net profit also includes a RM27.8 million gain on disposal of Guan Chong’s entire stake in associate company Fuji Oil Global (M) Sdn Bhd to its joint venture partner Fuji Oil Asia Pte Ltd on Feb 26, it said in a bourse filing.