MELAKA: Workers from Indonesia are top on the preferred list by oil palm plantation owners and smallholders, says caretaker Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng.
He said Indonesian workers were known to have the expertise and experience in harvesting and collecting fresh fruit bunches.
THE issue of labour shortage in oil palm plantations in the country has been getting the attention of the media lately. Measures are already in place to address the issue and strategies are being formulated to ensure the competitiveness and sustainability of the Malaysian palm oil industry.
The oil palm plantation sector which relies heavily on labour, particularly for maintenance activities and harvesting of fresh fruit bunches (FFBs) faced severe labour shortage during the Covid-19 pandemic in the past two years as foreign workers had to leave the country.