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SANDAKAN, Sept 13 -- The Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry through the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) is vigorously undertaking its ‘Jom MSPO’ programme to promote sustainability certification among smallholders.
MPOB chairman Datuk Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub said the programme is aimed at ensuring adoption of good agricultural practices (GAP) by the palm oil players and enhancing their income.
"Sustainable palm oil production is crucial for Malaysia to expand its market, what with the country being the second largest producer and exporter of palm oil in the world.

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 8 (NNN-BERNAMA) — Five brands of local chocolate products will potentially enter the international market by end 2025 when Langkawi in Kedah becomes a national chocolate hub.
Plantation Industries and Commodities deputy minister II, Willie Mongin said the five brands are Ryverra Chocolate, Grandeur Chocolate, Malsa, D&J Chocolate and Hazleen Chocolate, which will be marketed in China, Middle East and Singapore.

JAKARTA (Sept 8): Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, plans to revise its palm oil export levy rules to allow higher collection when prices increase, a senior cabinet minister told Reuters, as part of moves to underpin an ambitious biodiesel programme.
Since June this year, Indonesia has collected a maximum US$55 levy per tonne on palm oil exports, regardless of the price.
But the new levy collections will hinge on export prices, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said in an interview on Tuesday.
"So every increase by US$25, it will increase the levy by US$5," Hartarto said.

BANGKOK (Sept 8): Thailand’s cabinet has approved plans to reduce the country’s huge crude palm oil (CPO) stockpile to shore up domestic price.
Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek said the cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan o-cha today approved the National Palm Oil Policy Committee’s proposal to export 300,000 tonnes of CPO by March next year.

KUALA LUMPUR: Crude palm oil (CPO) prices have rallied to nearly RM3,000 per tonne from the year-to-date low of RM2,000 per tonne in May, buoyed by lower inventory and higher soybean oil prices.
This would help Malaysia's listed plantation companies to post stronger performance in the second half of the year (2H20), analysts said.
Affin Hwang Capital said CPO prices had seen some recovery from the year-to-date low in May of RM2,000 per tonne to the current level of RM2,800-2,900 per tonne.
The higher prices are partly attributable to the increase in demand for palm oil products due to stock replenishment, lower palm oil inventory levels as well as an increase in soybean oil prices.