outlook - asia-palmoil.com

Loading...
Vol. 6 No. 1, Apr - June 2017

BRIGHTER OUTLOOK

CELEBRATING

COMMERCIAL

PLANTING YEARS OF

I N M A L AY S I A

FOR PALM OIL IN 2017

PALM BIODIESEL:

SIMPLY A BETTER FUEL

COVER STORY

PP18791/04/2016 (034458)

Mr. Jack

Director of Eurostar Tractors (M) Sdn. Bhd.

RM 10/ USD 5

www.asia-palmoil.com

YKL ENGINEERING SDN. BHD. YTH AGRI-TECHNOLOGY SDN. BHD. Lot 663, Batu 10, Kampung Paya Panjang, Bukit Pasir, 84300 Muar, Johor, Malaysia. Tel : +606-9859 155 / +606-9859076 / +606-9857 518 Fax : +606-9857 567 / +606-9857 576 Email : [email protected] Website : www.yklgroup.com.my

SOLID REMOVAL & OIL RECOVERY SYSTEM A Proven technology where it can solve mill raw sludge discharge problem in the mill oil room itself by removal of suspended solids, reduction of COD/BOD, and recovery of oil with payback in 2-3 years. It contributes up to 30% of mill’s profit. The system stops the problem before it becomes a problem in the effluent ponds ! Raw sludge filter through AquaEco Reactor produces a clear filtrate with negligible oil and suspended solids. COD/BOD of discharge is reduced by 65% to 75%. Increase Oil Extraction Rate (OER) of mill 0.4% - 0.6%.

• To achieve the discharge particulate matters below 150ppm after boiler chimney • Suitable to install for any biomass boiler Electrostatic Precipitator (ESP) • The dust laden flue gas flows through a system which consists of collecting electrodes and discharge electrodes. • The high field strength in the vicinity of the discharge electrodes to create a CORONA EFFECT. • The charged dust particles will migrate to collecting electrodes and dust layer will accumulated and formed. • The accumulated dust layer will remove to the hopper by the rapping system.

FILTRATE TEST RESULTS : Type of Test

Results

Test Methods

POME

Filtrate

APHA 4500-H B

[email protected]°C

[email protected]°C

DL-LAB-TM01 (based on MN Method 8-22)

48.100

13.410

BOD 70% Reduction

DL-LAB-TM02 (based on MN Method 0-26; 0-28; 0-29)

78.000

19.500

COD 75% Reduction

Ammonial Nitrogen (NH3-N), mg/L

DL-LAB-TM03 (based on MN Method 1-05)

70

12

Total Nitrogen, mg/L

DL-LAB-TM04 (based on MN Method 0-88)

590

28

Oil and Grease, mg/L

DOE (M) Reference Method

13.812

3

Oil is almost non-detectable

Suspended Solids, mg/L

DOE (M) Reference Method

24.600

31

99.90% of Suspended Solids removed

APHA 2540 B

49.750

20.760

pH VALUE Biochemical Oxygen Demand (3 Days @ 30°C), mg/L Chemical Oxygen Demand, mg/L

Total Solids, mg/L

* The system has consistently shows that there is less than 300ppm of oil and less than 300ppm of suspended solids in the filtrate. COD-BOD of filtrate discharge to effluent pond is about 30% of original raw sludge COD-BOD. * AquaEco cutting edge patented green technology provides the first real breakthrough to recover residual oil and remove all suspended solids from raw sludge at the Oil Room before discharge to the effluent ponds.

Wet Scrubber • The dust laden flue gas flow through swirl vane plane causing the gas to swirl upward inside the cylindrical compartment. • The counter flow of water film created by the spiral nozzles to provide the scrubbing action on the dust laden gas. • The dust will trapped by the water and flows down the cylindrical compartment to the discharge point. • The clean gas then flow out at the top of cylindrical compartment

client of mine once told me that change is the only constant in life. That’s certainly true for the entire editorial team here, which has spent the better part of a year working tirelessly to change Asia Palm Oil Magazine for the better. Now it’s the magazine’s turn: With our Apr-Jun 2017 issue, we’re unveiling a new look for Asia Palm Oil Magazine. We hope you like what you see. Keith Diong, our creative graphic designer worked hard to develop and implement a design that’s elegant, eye-catching and easy to navigate. Once of the most obvious changes, as you’ve probably already noted, is our new cover, after the standard cover template for the past 5 years.

leading the market as one of the top-selling brands in Malaysia and Indonesia. They key to this phenomenal success is attributed the fact that Eurostar tractors contain a minimal amount of electronic components, hence making it simple and easy to use. Another contributing factor to the company’s success is its strong sense of commitment to an excellent after-sales service and highly competitive prices. Check out our Cover Story for more juicy bits of EUROSTAR. Also in this issue, Malaysian Palm Oil Board’s Director of Economics & Industry Development, Mr Balu sharing about Malaysian palm oil industry outlook 2017. Turn to “In The Hot Seat” for more info. Quite a few readers noted the absence of our popular ‘Refinery News’ column this issue and wondered if it had been eliminated as part of Asia Palm Oil Magazine’s redesign. Not to worry: They just took a brief vacation this month. It’ll be back in Jul-Sep 2017, and in future issues of Asia Palm Oil Magazine. The print edition hits newsstands April 2017. Check it out. Thank you.

In this issue’s Asia Palm Oil Magazine, Mr Jack, Director of Eurostar Tractors (M) Sdn Bhd, one of the leading tractor companies in Malaysia & Indonesia is featured as “Cover Story”. EUROSTAR Tractors have impacted the industry and are still

PUBLISHER FBI Publications (M) Sdn Bhd GENERAL MANAGER Charlyne Lee [email protected] PUBLICATION MANAGER Vanny Lim [email protected] MARKETING COMMUNICATION Nur Izyan binti Dzulkifli [email protected] CREATIVE Diong Wai Kit EDITORIAL CONSULTANTS Kenny Yong BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kenny Yong Susan Tricia Mervyn Yong CONTRIBUTORS Alfa Laval

OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF:

4

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Editor, Charlyne Lee

FBI Publications (M) Sdn Bhd (1168942-P) W505, West Wing, Metropolitan Square, No.2 Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Tel: (+603) 7493 5947 Fax: (+603) 7493 5977 DISTRIBUTED BY: Central Paper Agencies Sdn Bhd (111330-T) 11, Jalan SS 13/3C, Subang Jaya Industrial Estate, 47500 Selangor Darul Ehsan. Tel: (+603) 5636 1278 / 5636 1358 Fax: (+603) 5636 1952 Email: [email protected] Web: www.centralreader.net PRINTED BY: Universe Colour Printing Sdn Bhd No 25 Jalan PBS 14/7, Taman Perindustrian Bukit Serdang, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor Available at the following major bookstores and other outlets:

ANNOUNCEMENT

Asia Palm Oil Magazine is now published by FBI Publications (M) Sdn Bhd. The last company Fireworks Business Information (M) Sdn Bhd is already inactive and no longer represents Asia Palm Oil Magazine or is affiliated to Fireworks Trade Media Group in any manner.

ENDORSED & SUPPORTED BY:

CONTENTS 6

17

INTERNATIONAL NEWS 18 Three Indonesian Firms Explore Export Opportunities To Iran

32

20 Cattle Pastures And Other Degraded Lands Become New Oil Palm Plantations

30

22 Africa: Is A Sustainable Palm Oil Industry Possible In Africa?

IN THE HOT SEAT

24 Philippines Opens Doors To Malaysia For Palm Oil Production

32 Malaysian Palm Oil Industry Performance, 2016 And CPO Production & Price Outlook, 2017

Procument Corner

56

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

46

56 Government Encourages Palm Oil Farmers to Grow Corn

GREEN SOLUTION 38 Can “Sustainable” Palm Oil Slow Deforestation?

08

42 Ferrero Runs TV Commercial To Allay Fear Over Cancer Risk

INDUSTRY NEWS

44 M’sia Gears To Ship Out MspoCertified Palm Oil To Europe By End2017

08 East Kalimantan Sets To Expand Oil Palm Plantations in 2018 10 Three Chinese Companies Eye Strategic Stakes in FGV

46 Palm Biodiesel : Simply A Better Fuel

12 FGV Establishes Two Plants to Ensure Water Quality for Plantation

48 Will There Really Be Enough Sustainable Palm Oil For The Whole Market?

14 FGV Not Selling Equity But Considering Potential Strategic Partner To Expand Markets

26

34

16 FGV Signs Mou With Strategic Business Partner To Explore India Market

COVER STORY

SPECIAL INSIGHT

17 Brighter Outlook For Palm Oil In 2017

26 Interview with Mr Jack, Director of Eurostar Tractors (M) Sdn. Bhd.

34

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

The Future of Palm Oil

DID YOU KNOW ? 52

Heroes Of The Palm Oil Industry

TECHNOLOGY & PRODUCT NEWS 54

Essential Palm Oil

57 New Platform For Palm Oil Plantation Manavgement Launched 58 Indonesia to Legalize Land Ownership for Small Farmers in Palm Oil Industry 60 Council Optimistic Over 4,000 Privately-owned Palm Oil Estates Will Be Ready for MSPO Certification 62 Plantation Company Remains Optimistic 64 Has The Conversation About Palm Oil Moved From Environment To People?

EVENTS HIGHLIGHT 68

Welcome Message

70 Rm4.5mil Up For Grabs In Palm Oil Competition 72 Working to Improve the Palm Oil Industry

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

7

INDUSTRY NEWS

INDUSTRY NEWS

Designed in the USA with over 70 years of total steam turbine experience

EAST KALIMANTAN SETS TO EXPAND OIL PALM PLANTATIONS IN 2018

T

he provincial administration of East Kalimantan has set target for its oil palm plantations at 1.6 million hectares with annual production of 18 million tons of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) in 2018. Success in the implementation of the program would strengthen and improve the quality of East Kalimantans economy, head of the provincial plantation office Ujang Rachmad said here on Sunday. Through its regional Mid Term Development Plan (RPJMD) East Kalimantan sets its target of 1 million hectares for the second phase to be implemented in 2018, Ujang said. Currently the province has 1.19 oil palm plantations with production of 14.5 million tons of FFB per year, he said.

8

The production is equivalent to 3.2 million tons of crude palm oil (CPO) and the plantations provide jobs for 306,644 workers.

He said East Kalimantan would continue to consider developing and expanding plantations of other potential commodities such as rubber.

Meanwhile, there are 75 units of palm oil factories with an installed processing capacity of 4,170 tons of FFB per hour and capacity utilization of 3,775 tons per hour.

He said the province already has 115,815 hectares of rubber plantations with production of 66,096 tons a year providing 64,869 jobs.

The processing plants for the production of 14.5 million tons of FFB per year are found in five regencies - Paser, Penajam Paser Utara, Kutai Timur, Berau and Kutai Kartanegara.

This year, East Kalimantan plans to build 17 more units of palm oil processing factories bringing the total number of plants to 92 units in the region, Ujang Rachmad said.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

28M

East Kalimantan also considers developing cacao plantations, which already reach 8,231 hectares with annual production of 4,011 tons and pepper plantations now reaching 9,073 hectares with an annual production of 4,772 tons. “The province also has coconut plantation totaling 22,903 hectares with an annual production of 10,131 tons,” he said. Source : ANTARA

3500

7000 20

Jasa Aman Engineering SDN BHD Jasa Aman Sales and Services SDN BHD 39/39A, Jalan 23, Taman Bukit Kuchai, Batu 8, Jalan 47100 Puchong, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia Tel: +603-8075 6521, 8075 6750 Fax: +603-8070 2436, 8075 6485 Email: [email protected] Web: www.jasaaman.com

INDUSTRY NEWS

INDUSTRY NEWS Selection criteria for future strategic partners have also been tightened so that the “win-win” mechanisms are established and addressed as the partnership agreement was sealed. Zakaria has envisaged FGV to perform better this year given anticipation of higher CPO production – returning to 3 million tonnes level – compared with 2.6 million tonnes last year.

THREE CHINESE COMPANIES EYE STRATEGIC STAKES IN FGV

T

hree China-based companies including China National Cereals, Oils and Foodstuffs Corp (COFCO) are vying for strategic stakes in Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV). A source close to FGV told StarBiz that: “These Chinese companies are major global consumers of palm oil/ palm products and are looking to raise stakes in FGV via the open market.” This is reflected in the FGV share price which was actively traded since early trade yesterday. It went from a low of RM1.93 to a high of RM2.18 before closing 18 sen or 9.42% higher at RM2.09. FGV is the world’s largest crude palm oil (CPO) producer with a market capitalisation of about RM7.62bil. Its major shareholders are Felda Land Development Authority (Felda) which holds 32.4%, Lembaga Tabung Haji 7.9% and Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) (KWAP) 7.2%. The source however denied recent report that FGV is in talks with a company linked to business tycoon Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al Bukhary. But he added that “FGV is well aware of

10

the interest by COFCO and two other Chinese parties which are keen to come on board as FGV strategic investors.”

Malaysia might experienced stumbling blocks in the form of the tightening of capital controls by China’s central bank.

PublicInvest Research (PIVB) said in its latest report that the entry of COFCO could potentially boost FGV’s venture into the republic’s downstream market given the former’s status as China’s largest food processing, manufacturer and trader.

When contacted, FGV group president and chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad(insetpic) declined to comment on the latest development.

COFCO has controlling interests in 11 listed companies in Hong Kong and four public listed companies in main land China. COFCO is involved in wide ranging industries such as Fortune edible oil, Great Wall wine, Mengniu Dairy, Lohas fruit and vegetable juice, Le Conte chocolates, Tunhe tomato based products, Joycome meat products, Joycity Shopping Mall, Yalong Bay resorts, Gloria Hotels, SnowLotus cashmere, Zhongca tea products, COFCO Trust and COFCO-Aviva Life Insurance. COFCO group is also ranked number 121 in Fortune Global 500 and the top in total assets and third in total revenue in the world agriculture industry. However, PIVB warned that COFCO’s strategic investment in

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

But he said FGV as a growing business entity would always be on the lookout for opportunities to expand its highly diversified global oil palm business. “Towards this, China, India, Pakistan, Middle East and the North African countries have been earmarked as lucrative destination markets for our downstream palm oil products.” Currently, about 70% of FGV’s revenue is generated from the upstream business. To further improve the group’s bottom line in the downstream segment, Zakaria said FGV would intensify efforts to develop destination and consumers market either through organic expansion marketing agents or “strategic partnership” with the local players there.

In 2016, FGV reported its lowest full-year net profit since its initial public offering in 2012 on account of several rationalisation costs and one-off recognitions made during the final quarter.

»

FGV shares were actively traded since early trade yesterday. Price went from a low of RM1.93 to a high of RM2.18 before closing 18 sen or 9.42% higher at RM2.09. FGV is the world’s largest crude palm oil (CPO) producer with a market capitalisation of about RM7.62bil. (FGV group president and chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad (insetpic)

“China is an important destination markets for FGV’s downstream palm oil and palm olein products,” he added.

Zakaria said a holistic review of joint-venture terms with key strategic partners was being performed to fully realise the “win-win” partnership aspirations.

These recognitions dragged down FGV’s overall net profit for the financial year ended Dec 31, 2016 to RM29.61mil compared with RM188.79mil a year ago. Its full-year revenue amounted to RM17.28bil, a considerable improvement from RM15.55bil in FY15. The group reported a lower yearon-year net profit for the fourth quarter 2016, which was a period of strong gains in the price of CPO. Source : The Star

INDUSTRY NEWS

FGV ESTABLISHES TWO PLANTS TO ENSURE WATER QUALITY FOR PLANTATION

» Forward goals: Zakaria says the plan will address measures over the next three years

F

elda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd has established a bio dewatering plant and a bio polishing plant at its Sabah subsidiary, Pontian United Plantation Bhd. FGV group president and chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad said with the dewatering plant, PUPs Pontian Fico palm oil mill would be able to remove solids from its effluent. The polishing plant is able to further filter the effluent water to achieve below 20 parts per million (ppm) of biological oxygen demand (BOD),

12

which is a mandatory requirement by the Department of Environment for mills located in the vicinity of the Kinabatangan river.

The group continues to strive for better environmental protection particularly around its plantations and assets through best agriculture practices and best management practices. the

“The management is aware of consequences that may affect

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

the biodiversity surrounding PUP, especially to the Kinabatangan River, which is the source of livelihood for the wildlife sanctuary and famous for its flora and fauna,” he said. Zakaria said FGVs commitment to the environment was not only limited to ensuring that rivers are kept clean and safe,. It has also signed a 5-year joint project with the Borneo Conservation Trust and Sabah Wildlife Department to form a mega biodiversity corridor in the lower Kinabatangan. Source : The Star

INDUSTRY NEWS

INDUSTRY NEWS

Along with the cooking oil, Saji also has complementary products in the culinary line to add value to its list of palm-based products in an effort to penetrate niche markets. “Our cooking oil currently contributes 97 per cent of our revenue and complimentary products will complete the reach to our consumers,” he added.

FGV NOT SELLING EQUITY BUT CONSIDERING POTENTIAL STRATEGIC PARTNER TO EXPAND MARKETS

F

elda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) is still in the midst of discussion to find a strategic partner to expand its markets and this does not involve the sale of equity, said Group President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad.

“Currently about 80 per cent of FGV’s revenue is generated from its upstream business and we are eyeing to increase contribution from our downstream business to between 30 per cent and 40 per cent after 2020,” he told reporters after the launch of a new logo for the “Saji” brand here today by Chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad.

He said FGV has been in discussions with many parties, among them, companies from China, India, Pakistan, Middle East & North Africa to find a potential partner to work together for the long-term and to expand its downstream market.

Zakaria said FGV was strategising to add value to its products, together with potential partners to sell directly to destination market and consumers instead of using traders.

Zakaria also denied a local daily report that three Chinese companies were eyeing strategic stakes in FGV.

14

However, he said FGV would have no control over those partners who buy its shares in the open market and welcomed those who were interested in its undervalued share as it had potential for growth.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

On the China market, Zakaria said FGV already had a plant there but as a foreign company it had limitations in terms of licencing and distribution, hence, was looking for strategic partners to grow together. Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of FGV, Datuk Wira Adam said the brand had become a household name for cooking oil in Malaysia for almost 20 years.

We hope to give a fresh and contemporary consumer friendly appearance to the Saji logo to attract the new generation of consumers and retain our loyal users,” he said.

Over the years, DOP has introduced several fast-moving consumer products under the Saji brand including Saji Mayo, Saji creamers and Saji Instant noodles. Wira said more palm based and sugar-based products would be introduced this year apart from Chilli sauce, mountain salt, corn creamer and ‘kaya’ which were launched today. Source : Bernama

FOLDABLE | STACKABLE | REUSABLE

SMARTER SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS FOR YOUR BUSINESS

25%

MORE PRODUCT IN THE SAME SPACE

AS 4 DRUMS SUPPLY CHAIN SAVINGS PROTECT PRODUCT HYGIENE

+

=

REDUCE RESIDUAL FOOD WASTE FASTER FILL & DISCHARGE EFFICIENT USE OF CAPEX WORLDWIDE NETWORK & SUPPORT

CHEP Pallecon Solutions is the global leader in the Intermediate Bulk Handling rental market, supporting both local & international movements, with more than 50 countries worldwide. We offer a unique range of packaging and handling solutions for the storage and distribution of your product. CHEP Pallecon Solutions Asia Pacific www.chep.com/pallecon [email protected]

Australia P: +61 2 8781 4500 F: +61 2 8781 4501

New Zealand P: +64 9 525 6694 F: +64 9 525 3809

Thailand P: +66 2 745 6478 F: +66 2 745 6539

Malaysia P: +60 3 3341 8308 F: +60 3 3344 3966

Singapore P: +65 6 268 2763 F: +65 6 261 4423

INDUSTRY NEWS

INDUSTRY NEWS

BRIGHTER OUTLOOK FOR PALM OIL IN 2017

»

(File pix) Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Trimex Industries Private Limited (Trimex), with the aim to explore the feasibility of supplying and distributing various palm oil products to penetrate India’s midstream and downstream market.

Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong’s speech during the launch of “Reach and Remind Friends of the Industry Seminar 2017 and Dialogue Meeting Market Challenges in 2017” di The Royale Chulan, Kuala Lumpur. (Pix by SAIRIEN NAFIS)

FGV SIGNS MOU WITH STRATEGIC BUSINESS PARTNER TO EXPLORE INDIA MARKET

K

UALA LUMPUR: Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Trimex Industries Private Limited (Trimex), with the aim to explore the feasibility of supplying and distributing various palm oil products to penetrate India’s midstream and downstream market. Trimex is a subsidiary of India’s Trimex Group, one of the region’s largest mineral and metal conglomerate, involved in the business of mining and trading of industrial minerals with a logistical footprint in key ports in India. “In-line with our market expansion strategy, we are looking at diversifying our product offerings to small and medium business and consumer markets,” said Group President and Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad in a statement. With this MoU, FGV hoped to explore the possibility of supplying and distributing FGV’s palm oil to India in partnership with strategic industry

16

players such as the Trimex Group.

K

UALA LUMPUR: Oil palm planters can look forward to better pricing on the back of strong US dollar and the gradual pick up in global demand.

India is FGV’s biggest market for crude palm oil and refined, bleached & deodorised palm oil with a total combined export of 600,000 tonnes, annually,” he said. As the world’s largest importer of palm oil, India accounted for between 10 and 12 per cent share of global consumption, said Zakaria. However, growth in production of domestic edible oil has not been able to keep pace with growth of consumption and the gap continued to become wider as disposable incomes increased. The gap is being met by imports of edible oils for almost 55-65 per cent of the total consumption recorded during the past five years.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Currently, palm oil is trading above RM3,000 per tonne. As palm oil output across Malaysia and Indonesia start to recover in the second half of the year, many among the palm oil community predict prices to settle.

More than 14 million tonnes of edible oil was imported in 2015 with a ratio of 89 per cent crude edible oil and 11 per cent refined oil.

“This year, I am hopeful palm oil prices would average at RM2,700 per tonne, higher than last year’s RM2,600 per tonne as demand starts to pick up,” said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

CPO is the largest edible oil imported by India at about 54 per cent followed by soybean oil and sunflower oil contributing about 21 per cent and 11 per cent, respectively.

“So far, on a monthly basis, we are seeing increasing exports to China, having dropped drastically over the last few years. This year, we’ll have to work harder to market palm oil,” he said.

Source : Bernama

Mah was speaking to reporters after officiating at the opening of “Reach and Remind Friends” seminar organised by the Malaysian Palm Oil Council here today. When met on the sidelines, Sime Darby Bhd president and group chief executive Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh concurred with Mah.

It would be good for prices to go on trading above RM3,000 per tonne but as output recover in the second half of the year, we hope prices don’t settle too much. We’re okay with the RM2,700 level,” said Bakke. Mah told reporters he will be visiting India next month to promote the consumption of Malaysian palm oil. “We will also go to Iran now that trading sanctions are lifted.”

In raising oil palm productivity, Mah noted it is essential for smallholders to replant old trees. “We have a RM30 million budget for smallholders to replant. It works out to be RM7,500 per hectare. Please send in your applications.” “The palm oil industry is very important to Malaysia. It’s here to stay. While there are challenges, there are also big potential to add value to this industry,” said the minister. “I’m hopeful the palm oil industry will continue to grow and lead the economy under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 30-year transformation plan to 2050,” said Mah. This year, Malaysia is celebrating 100 years of oil palm planting. In 1917, Henri Fauconnier, established Malaysia’s first commercial oil palm planting at Tennamaram Estate, Selangor, in a bid to replace an unsuccessful coffee estate. Source : New Straits Times

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

17

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Know what you are planting NOW Dura and tenera palms are physically identical, but a tenera palm will yield up to 30% more oil! Now you can identify dura and tenera palms with a simple DNA test as early as the pre-nursery stage. Planting tested palms will impact operating profit, drive sustainability and generate millions of ringgit for the individual plantations and the oil palm industry.

THREE INDONESIAN FIRMS EXPLORE EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES TO IRAN

I

ndustry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that Indonesia may increase the value of industrial product exports to Iran. At least three Indonesian companies are currently exploring export opportunities to Iran, namely Sinarmas Group, Tri Mega Baterindo and Kreasindo Resources. Sinarmas plans to export pulp and paper, tissue paper and palm oil, whereas Tri Mega Baterindo and Kreasindo Resources plan to export car batteries and natural rubber, respectively. Airlangga is hopeful that national exporters could enter Central Asia and the Middle East markets through Iran. However, he said that bilateral agreements in the banking

18

sector would be needed to facilitate transactions between the two countries’ businesses. According to Airlangga, current payment mechanism is carried out through banks based in other countries, such as the United Arab Emirates, Turkey or Malaysia. “The main challenge is the payment transaction mechanism. Therefore, national banks are expected to establish cooperation with Iran-based banks in providing financial facilities to allow more industrial products into the country,” Airlangga told Tempo via email last week. Exports from Indonesia to Iran include natural rubber, palm oil, paper, tires and chemical products. On the other hand, Indonesia needs Iranian products,

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

namely steel, petrochemicals, minerals and raw materials for synthetic fibers. In 2016, the trade volume between the two countries increased from USD270 million to USD330 million. Indonesian Ambassador to Iran Octavino Alimudin said that Indonesia re-started discussion about the opportunity to increase export value to Iran after the 12th meeting of IranIndonesia joint economic commission in November 2016, President Joko Widodo’s working visit to Iran on December 2016 and the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution’s visit to Iran in February 2017. “The meetings discussed the increase in [the value of] industry exports,” Octavino said. Source : Tempo.co

Plant near 100% tenera with SureSawit SHELL testing Experience it now - Orion Biosains Sample Collection Kits & DNA Tests: • SureSawit SHELL - precisely determine the tenera (DxP), dura, and pisifera fruit form of a seedling, nursery palm or field planted palm. • SureSawit VIR - enables early differentiation of virescens from nigrescens fruits, allowing selection for desired future fruit colour. • SureSawit KARMA - predicts potential abnormalities of clonal palms that could lead to the mantled fruit form.

Innovating Agriculture Through Bioscience Orion Biosains SDN BHD (1067970 - H) Unit E-6-3A, 4th Floor, Block E, SetiaWalk, Persian Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong, 47160 Puchong, Selangor Tel: 03 5879 1711, Fax: 03 5879 1712 www.orionbiosains.com

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

INTERNATIONAL NEWS croplands were also identified as a significant source of new plantations (18 percent), as well as banana plantations (4 percent), but only in select countries.

CATTLE PASTURES AND OTHER DEGRADED LANDS BECOME NEW OIL PALM PLANTATIONS

A

new study published last week in the journal Environmental Research Letters by researchers at the University of Puerto Rico offers the first regional look at lands being converted to palm oil plantations in Latin America. Palm oil is a primary ingredient in processed foods, soaps, cosmetics, and biofuel. Growth of the palm oil industry has caused widespread deforestation in Southeast Asia, a concern among conservationists, the private sector, and consumers. In Latin America, the agricultural area planted with palm oil has doubled in the last decade, and this new study shows that most palm oil plantations are being established on previously cleared lands, particularly cattle pastures. If palm oil continues to replace pastures instead of forests, the region may have a strong advantage for sustainable palm oil production. “After the environmental devastation witnessed in Asia, the big question

20

was whether Latin America would do palm oil right,” says lead author Paul R. Furumo. “Especially given that the region contains the largest forested area with conditions suitable for palm oil agriculture.” “Sustainable palm oil production is complex, but begins with land use changes during planting. When forests are cut down, it is a long-term loss of both species and communities, but intensifying production on previously degraded lands may create a huge opportunity for conservation in this sector,” said Furumo, a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Environmental Science of the University of Puerto Rico. A previous global-scale remote sensing study had suggested a less pronounced role for forest conversion to palm oil in Latin America, but the authors identified the specific land uses being converted to palm oil. Using a custom web application called Landmapper, the researchers integrated MODIS satellite imagery with very

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

high resolution Google Earth images to map palm oil plantations in 2014. They mapped over a half-million hectares of palm oil in 10 different countries throughout the region, the equivalent to more than half of the total FAO reported area for Latin America. They visualized these polygons in Google Earth to look back in time and see what the most recent land cover was before conversion to palm oil. The results indicate the outsized role that cattle pastures play in the development of palm oil agriculture in Latin America—nearly 60 percent of expansion occurred on these lands. This is roughly equivalent to the proportion of forest loss associated with palm oil expansion in Southeast Asia. Pastures have long dominated the production landscapes of Latin America and open up the countryside to expanding palm oil by establishing important infrastructure (i.e. roads), clearing lands for planting, and driving up land prices where large-scale industrial agriculture is more competitive. Beyond pastures,

There were, however, examples of national and sub-national variations to the pasture-palm oil narrative. Peru had the highest proportion of deforestation in the study region; 76 percent of detected palm oil plantations replaced forests, equating to nearly 16,000 hectares. This echoes other studies that have shown evidence for palm oil as an emerging threat to the Peruvian Amazon, particularly larger plantations. Similarly, while only 24 percent of palm oil expansion in Guatemala replaced forests, 89 percent of this was found in the Petén department, which contains the Mayan Biosphere Reserve. The authors point to weak local governance and land tenure laws in these examples, suggesting the importance of industry oversight by international certification programs. The more favorable land use dynamic surrounding palm oil expansion in Latin America, if guided

by sustainability initiatives like the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), may bring us as close as we’ve ever been to a sustainable palm oil industry. Most palm oil produced in Latin America is consumed locally The study also shows that most palm oil produced in Latin America is consumed in the region, instead of being exported to distant markets like Europe. There is a strong internal demand for palm oil in the region and the study suggests that this is in part driven by the surge of recent domestic biofuel targets. Colombia, for example, the leading palm oil producer in Latin America and fourth largest in the world, has a national 10 percent biodiesel blend (B10). This target is fulfilled completely by domestic production, which accounts for about half of national palm oil production. Planting energy crops on previously degraded lands may validate biofuel development in the region, avoiding commonly cited issues

of carbon and biodiversity loss. But it remains to be seen how local demand for palm oil, especially as an ingredient for non-food products, fits in with international market-based incentives for sustainability. “Though the demand may be less for certified palm oil that ends up in your vehicle instead of your stomach, engaging in certification may, in fact, be easier for palm oil growers in Latin America that plant on pastures instead of forests,” contends Furumo. “These producers may already be closer to compliance with sustainable management and land use practices.” To explore whether the development of palm oil plantations on previously degraded lands does, in fact, create benefits for Latin American palm oil producers, the lead author is conducting fieldwork in Colombia monitoring bioacoustic diversity in palm oil landscapes and interviewing local stakeholders with the support of a Fulbright fellowship. Source : Phys.org

BOO NO K W!

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

“The Technology For The Oils & Fats Industry”

AFRICA: IS A SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL INDUSTRY POSSIBLE IN AFRICA?

A

boy from the village of Quitupo walks past palm trees in Palma on February 16, 2017. The village of Quitupo will be resettled to make way for the new gas mining project in and around the district of Palma. AFP/John Wessels

For decades, it has been associated with environmental damage and human rights abuse, mainly due to the way large-scale companies operate. In Indonesia, for example, deforestation has increased carbon emissions and destroyed the habitat of rare breeds of animals such as orang utans.

Most of the world’s palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia. It’s been that way for decades. But environmentalists say this has come at a huge cost to the region’s forests, where native trees are cut down in order to plant the palm trees that supply palm oil. So avoiding a repeat of what has happened in south-east Asia has become a priority for environmentalists. RFI’s Clea Broadhurst asks if it’s possible to implement a sustainable palm oil industry in Africa.

The aggressive expansion of the industry has also broken up communities.

Palm Oil has quite a bad reputation.

22

Africa faces similar problems. The Global Palm Oil Market is expected to be worth about 82 billion euros by 2022. And today, rival investors are flocking to West Africa to secure land for their plantations. Environmentalists are warning governments in these countries not to make the same mistakes that were made

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

EDIBLE OIL REFINING

FATS MODIFICATION

OILSEED EXTRACTION

OLEOCHEMICALS

in Southeast Asia.

One thing experts seem to agree on is the fact that the business model needs to change, evolve, if palm oil production in Africa is to be sustainable. RFI spoke to Matthias Rhein, a finance policy advisor at SeventyThree, a firm specialised in the energy, marine, land and industrial sectors; Tom Lomax, a lawyer and human rights coordinator at an NGO called the Forest Peoples Programme; Christopher Stewart, Head of corporate responsibility and sustainability, at Olam International; and Abraham Baffoe, Africa regional director at an NGO called Proforest, which advises governments and companies how to operate, and respect the environment at the same time. Source : AllAfrica.com

Biodiesel Plant OLEOCHEMICALS - BIODIESEL - OILSEED EXTRACTION - EDIBLE OILS REFINING - FATS MODIFICATION JJ-LURGI ENGINEERING SDN. BHD. Lot 16, Jalan 51A/225, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia Tel: +603 7861 6188 Fax: +603 7861 6199 Email: [email protected] www.jj-lurgi.com

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

PHILIPPINES OPENS DOORS TO MALAYSIA FOR PALM OIL PRODUCTION

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said the Malaysian business sector feels more assured and bullish towards pouring more investments in the country as Duterte discussed his government’s thrusts. Malaysia-Philippines Business Council president Tan Sri Azmil Khalid would relay to colleagues Duterte’s message, especially those relating to halal, agriculture and infrastructure. “It increased their confidence in reinvesting in the Philippines and they are more assured that these investments are protected. They are also assured that there will be no corruption or extortion,” Lopez said, citing the government’s renewed efforts to streamline government processes and transactions relating to business. Duterte wanted to shorten the processing time for permits and licensing transactions in all local government units to only three days at most. Ambassador Eduardo Malaya earlier said many Malaysian businessmen feel that they are missing out on the Philippines with only about $63 million invested. Malaya said Duterte’s two-day introductory visit in Malaysia last week signals the strengthening of economic relations between the two countries and raising it to the next level. Source : Philstar

P

resident Duterte is pushing for the development of about 80,000 hectares in the country for palm plantation with Malaysia as target market. After arriving from a two-day visit in Malaysia, Duterte said he wants to integrate the program under the administration’s efforts to reach out to the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing New People’s Army (NPA). He noted that many areas occupied by the NPA are good for palm plantation. He cited the vast lands in Agusan del Sur and other swathes in Mindanao as possible areas for palm plantation as soil quality in the South is generally appropriate for palm production. Duterte also wants to put closure on the Paquibato incident that involved the killing of lumads. He said had the violence not erupted between government forces and the NPA, Malaysian firms would have pushed through with the development of a palm plantation there.

24

Duterte said violence stemmed from experts’ findings that the land in Paquibato was suitable for palm oil production. “What happened is that suddenly, the NPA put up banners everywhere, simply saying no to palm oil,” Duterte said. Reports said a tribal leader and two church workers were killed in the encounter on June 14, 2015 in Paquibato district. Duterte said this time, he wants to make sure that investors would be secured once they conduct site inspections. And there is no better time to pursue the projects because the government has restarted peace negotiations with the CPP-NPA. “I really do not know but I think somebody should talk to them again. Maybe this would be one project that we can ask about in Oslo because while waiting for the final result, whatever it is, we have to improve the lives of the people,” he added. The peace talks between the government and the CPP-NPA are held

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

in Oslo, Norway with Malaysia as thirdparty facilitator. Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Malaysian investors are upbeat in investing in palm oil production after the President’s official visit. There are plans to expand the investment to about 300,000 hectares throughout the Philippines.

“Malaysia has $63 million in investments in the Philippines. But with the strengthening of ties, we expect more investments,” Abella added. “Malaysian companies are also interested in infrastructure and energy investments.” The Malaysia-Philippines Business Council is also pleased with the assurances Duterte gave them in terms of protection, development of very good conducive business environment and corruption-free government when they invest more in the Philippines.

COVER STORY

COVER STORY business, building and developing it with my elite team to where it is today. I always claimed that blood type “M” is running in my veins, where the ‘M’ stands for Machines’.

2

Could you explain briefly the range of products and services provided by Eurostar Tractors?

As one of the largest agricultural machinery suppliers, we provide a full range of agricultural products such as multi-range of tractors, shovel loader, agricultural implements manufacturing, mechanized products for the palm oil industry. EUROSTAR always invest massive efforts in the R&D on machineries catered for the palm oil industry. We aim to solve problems for oil palm players and become their first choice partner whenever they want to mechanize their estates.

3

Interview with 1

Mr. Jack

Director of Eurostar Tractors (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Briefly share with us the organization background and history of Eurostar Tractors (M) Sdn. Bhd.?

Eurostar Tractors (M) Sdn. Bhd. is our family business started from my father 35 years ago. The business started with a small shop in Segamat, Johor, and developed into its current massive scale of 11 branches all over Malaysia. We are the pioneers who succeeded in the business of reconditioning European & Japan tractors, shovel and other machineries. 15 years ago, we forecasted that reconditioned machineries will be going downhill. Therefore we planned to build our brand with our own manufacturing

26

plant through assembling branded components with a combination of our experience. Concurrently, we discovered that China is building the same specifications as we have planned and therefore without further hesitation, we took up the distributor rights immediately for Malaysia and other areas. While other players are still aggressively investing their time and effort in the conventional practice of reconditioned machinery, we knew that we should not be complacent with the traditional methods. We realized that there are many technology transfers between China, Europe and Japan. We believed that with the massive demand of agricultural and construction from

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

this sleeping dragon, it will rock the world. Alas, our prediction and expectation was spot on and currently our principal’s factory is one of the biggest manufacturers in the world. Our principal’s factory is able to produce 1 tractor within a space of a few minutes. They also acquired a few popular European machinery manufacturers and have established an R &D center in Europe and Japan. Today, the first unit of EUROSTAR Tractor that we sold to Johor about 15 years ago is still running in perfect condition. Meanwhile, EUROSTAR also achieved a personal record of a few thousand units of machinery sales. I loved this machinery business and i take pride in joining this family

How do these products and services assist palm oil industry development?

Our product emphasizes on economic, robust and simple machines without fancy electronic features such as computer boxes, solenoids, sensors etc. That makes our products more cost effective and approximately 30%200% lower compared to European or Japanese products. Meanwhile, most of the European or Japanese products had moved their manufacturing base to developing countries such as China and India, however the selling price is still

extremely high and that does not benefit the agricultural sector. Their durability may also be shorter compared to our products, as the maintenance of their products are too costly to be kept up over the years. We came across some similar spare parts that cost three to ten times higher than ours, yet they are also manufactured from the same country with similar quality. Palm oil plantations require simplified and straight forward machinery. A lot of sophisticated machines sold in Malaysia do not seem to overcome issues on the plantations very well, such as road conditions, worker issues, weather, terrain and operator mishandling. These sophisticated machines also lacked of well trained workers to operate them and skilled technicians to repair the electronics. Therefore, EUROSTAR seeks to “Provide the right machine, for the right people, at the right place, at the right time.” Besides selling machinery, we are also working on mechanisation systems. It happens that some individual or small planters could not invest in mechanisation due to high costs with no results guaranteed. Thus we were consulted to dish out more economical alternatives for them, ensuring these small planters can achieve the ultimate results at a minimal cost.

4

With more than 30 years of experiences specializing in agriculture equipment, Eurostar Tractors owns 11 branches throughout Malaysia. What

are the contributing factors that lead to today’s achievement?

IDEAS We are always dynamic, changing conventional methods and exploring new methodology in our products. For example, reducing double handling of a process and maximizing the efficiency through mechanisation in the estates via implementation of grabbers, high lifts, crawler products, motorised wheel barrows, ATV bikes etc.

ATTITUDE We always put ourselves in a customer’s position, attempting to think from their point of view and fulfil their needs. Whenever problems occur, we will provide suitable solutions for them to achieve customer’s satisfaction.

SUFFICIENT SPARE PARTS BACK UP Sufficient spare parts back up and services are our ultimate success factor. You would probably think we are crazy or insane if you have a chance to visit our huge spare parts reserves. The reason we invest massively in parts reserve is to make sure our customers are able to obtain the parts on time. There are incidents where other suppliers were delaying their clients for about 2-3 months to get the spare parts, as they do not have ready supply of parts and cannot afford to stock up massive parts in their inventory. We feel that it is unfair to the customers as suppliers should take responsibility for the supply failure and they should not charge customers for the mistake they make.

CONSISTENCY We stay focused on the same platform, by not changing country or model due to costing or competition issues. Unlike us, many market players may not be able to stock the part to fulfil customers need in time as the volume of each platform or each model is too small. It is not viable to stock the part in bulk too, as it is too expensive to do so. We have many interchangeable parts for our products across 15 years. The old version of machines which encounters the problems of design or

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

27

COVER STORY quality failure is able to be replaced with new and upgraded parts. This is also the reason where we are able to keep our first tractor in Malaysia running well today.

CUSTOMIZATION We customize better machinery with the combination of pros from other brands, utilizing techniques and knowledge that we gained over the 35 years. Most of the European and Japanese brands will not customize machinery according to local requirements, which results in unsatisfied clients. Hence, EUROSTAR works hand in hand with our manufacturer to customize products which are ‘truly Malaysia”, and subsequently suitable for Asian users too.

knowledge for a better, creative and innovative mindset globally. We own our technology, which enhance our working speed and dynamics and at the same time able to gain more exposure. We have an e-portal system, where our claims and parts ordering are being dealt in a fast and efficient way with the principal. Our principal keeps a database of the product information that we sold over

Replacement of the machinery damaged parts with our products is more economical and time saving. We always have enough supply of spare parts to meet customer’s needs so they would save time by not needing to send it to a workshop and not having to be billed for multiple travelling charges or other expenses.

5

We always explore customers’ needs and new market trends. We converse frequently with industry players who are exposed to our machines regularly such as operators, workshop mechanics and engineers. From the regular conversations and interaction, we are able to gain valuable ideas, insights and useful tips to enhance our products performance and durability. We also send representatives to palm oil estates or palm oil mills for field visits and hold regular conversations with the management team to understand their expectations, problems and current practices. These efforts enable us to stay up to date and focused with the future development. Not limiting ourselves to domestic knowledge and information, we are also open to learn and exchange

28

7

How do you prepare to overcome market uncertainty in today?

We offer cost effective products and services compared to our competitors, which enable us to maintain a stable market foothold even though the market is facing uncertainty. Our impeccable services and massive stock of back up spare parts enable us to be more outstanding than others, especially in this competitive and uncertain market. As I mentioned earlier, the invention of mechanization products will make us more outstanding than others. Extending ourselves to mechanization would enable us to be on a better position. Currently, we export some products to Africa, Indonesia, PNG, Sri Lanka, Solomon Island, Singapore and etc. These foreign customers approached us through word of mouth and also visited our customers who owned the successful showcase.

NEW ERA OF REPAIRING

What could be Eurostar Tractors competitive advantage to stand out from international competition?

with the agricultural industry needs. When a customer thinks of plantation equipment and mechanisation, they will think of EUROSTAR, a company which does not only provide products but solutions as well.

the past 15 years. We are able to trace the parts catalogue, parts condition and supplier codes easily through smart electronic devices from anywhere. Besides, some of the customers also integrated GPS system to our products, so that they are able to track work efficiency and at the same time to detect the operation’s weakness and then compute their supervision plans to offer a better solution.

6

Any expansion or development plans for your organization in the next coming 5 years?

One of the ultimate plans of EUROSTAR is to work with other expert mechanisation inventors to establish a full system of mechanisation for planters. In the next five years, I want to make EUROSTAR a popular one stop centre which is able to cope

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

8

Last but not the least, would you like to share any kind advice to the palm oil industry players?

I hope industry players will change their perspective towards China products as there are still products with good quality in the market. It depends on how you choose the right product and where the resources come from. Industry players should not be afraid of changes, they should explore the possibilities of applying mechanisation systems in the palm oil industry. It will maximise profits and increase productivity. Application of mechanisation system will be important especially in the future, where there is an issue of foreign labour reduction due to currency depletion. Turning mechanization system into reality is the future of the plantation industry. While I hope people also understand that it could not be implemented overnight but realistically over a certain period of time.

PROCUREMENT CORNER GLOBAL ENTERPRISE OIL MILL SDN BHD Add: Lot 4-4,Mdld 6014-6017, 1st floor, Global Commercial Building, Jalan Tengah Nipah, 91000 Lahad Datu, Sabah Tel: +6089 883 651 / 883 652 / 563 149 Fax: +6089 882 385 / 567 800 INTERCONTINENTAL SPECIALTY SDN BHD Add: PO Box 207, 42009 Pelabuhan Klang, Selangor Tel: +603 3176 3050 Fax: +603 3176 5194 KILANG KELAPA SAWIT BUKIT BEREMBUN Add: 5th & 6th Floor, Wisma Southern, No. 26-34, Jalan Dato Hamzah, 41400 Klang, Selangor Tel: +603 3375 6789 / +609 453 2026 Fax: +603 3371 3898 / +609 453 0070 KILANG KELAPA SAWIT CHERSONESE Add: Chersonese Oil Mill, 34350 Kuala Kurau, Perak Tel: +6019 478 03450 / +6012 434 8753 KILANG KELAPA SAWIT FLEMINGTON Add: Flemington Oil Mill, 36309 Sungai Sumun, Perak Tel: +605 648 9198 Fax: +605 648 9153 KILANG KELAPA SAWIT KOTA BAHAGIA Add: Peti Surat 20, 26700 Muadzam Shah, Pahang Tel: +609 452 4936 Fax: +609 452 4828 KILANG MINYAK KELAPA SAWIT LUM SDN BHD Add: PO Box 80, 85007 Segamat, Johor Tel: +607 937 4495 Fax: +607 937 4496 KILANG KELAPA SAWIT SAWIRA Add: Km 43, Medan Mewah, 26700 Muadzam Shah, Pahang Tel: +609 452 2043 (HQ) Fax: +6019 984 0357 KILANG KELAPA SAWIT KAMPUNG GAJAH Add: Perak Agro Mills Sendirian Berhad, Mukim Pulau Tiga, 36800 Kg. Gajah, Perak. Tel: +605 253 7924 (HQ) / +605 626 0082 (Mill) Fax: +605 253 4814 (HQ) KILANG KELAPA SAWIT SERI PELANGI Add: Batu 11 3/4, Jalan Bidor, Peti Surat 89, 36008 Teluk Intan, Perak. Tel: +605 656 1322 / 656 2025 Fax: +605 656 2025

30

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

K.K.S BAIDURI AYU Add: Peti Surat No. 29, Pejabat Pos Cenderawasih, 91150 Lahad Datu, Sabah Tel: +6089 812 577 Fax: +6089 812 577 / +6019 853 8716 KKS GABUNGAN PERUSAHAAN MINYAK LANGKAP SDN BHD Add: Batu 1, Jalan Teluk Intan, 36700 Langkap, Perak Tel: +605 659 1366 Fax: +605 659 2922 KKS KAKAYAAN Add: Karung Berkunci 110, 86609 Paloh, Johor Tel: +607 810 4439 / 07 810 5539 Fax: 07 810 6814 K.K.S KOTA GELANGGI Add: Kilang Sawit Kota Gelanggi, W/Pos Felda Kota Gelanggi, 27040 Jerantut, Pahang. Tel: +609 205 1559 Fax: +609 205 1560 K.K.S LEPAR HILIR Add: W/Pos Lepar Hilir 1, 26300 Gambang, Kuantan, Pahang Tel : +609 549 5872 Fax: +609 549 7244 KKS MAOKIL Add: Peti Surat 14, 85300 Labis, Johor Tel: +607 934 7833 Fax: +607 934 1008 K.K.S MEMPAGA Add: Kilang Kelapa Sawit Mempaga, 28600 Karak, Pahang Tel: +609 223 1966 Fax: +609 223 1966 K.K.S PADANG PIOL Add: FPISB Kilang Sawit Padang Piol, 27040 Jerantut, Pahang Tel: +609 266 8341 Fax: +609 266 8473 K.K.S SELENDANG 2 Add: Peti Surat 3, 26800 Kuala Rompin, Pahang Tel: +609 412 1590 Fax: +609 412 1593 KKS SUNGAI MELIKAI Add: Peti Surat 24, 86800 Mersing, Johor Tel: +607 799 8311 Fax: +607 799 8312

K.K.S SUNGAI PANCING Add: Peti Surat 257, 25730 Kuantan, Pahang Tel: +609 549 6242 / 43 Fax: +609 549 6243 KKS SUBURBAN PROPERTIES SDN BHD Add: 7/4 & 7/5, Jalan Yong Peng, 85300 Labis, Johor Tel: +607 925 1901 / 2 / 3 Fax: +607 925 1900 KKS SUNGAI JERNIH Add: Tkt 28, Menara Boustead, 69 Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur Tel: +609 546 0712 Fax: +6019 910 3534 K.K.S REKA HALUS Add: Beg Berkunci 34, 90009 Sandakan, Sabah Tel: +6089 670 225 (HQ) /+6 088 552 385 (Mill) Fax: +6089 253 103 K.K.S TERSANG Add: Kilang Sawit Tersang, 27600 Raub, Pahang Tel: +609 363 3181 Fax: +609 363 3155 KKS TUNJUK LAUT Add: Karung Berkunci 523, 81909 Kota Tinggi, Johor Tel: +6019 714 0501 /+6 019 770 9650 Fax: +6 019 775 0402 KKS UNITED INT. ENTERPRISES (M) BHD Add: Locked Mail Bag No. 1, 34900 Pantai Remis, Perak Tel: +605 850 1500 Fax: +605 850 1507 KEMAYAN PALM OIL MILL Add: Beg Berkunci No. 6, Pejabat Pos Kemayan, 28380 Kemayan, Pahang Tel: +609 256 4231 Fax: +609 256 4233 LADANG BUKIT LAWIANG Add: Peti Surat 114, 86007 Kluang, Johor Tel: +607 786 4540 Fax: +607 786 4540 PINEHILL PLANTATIONS (M) SDN BHD Add: Batu 7, Jln Changkat Jong, PO Box 99, 36008 Teluk Intan, Perak. Tel: +605 621 1931 / 621 1933 Fax: +605 621 1932

PUJAAN MAKMUR SDN BHD Add: Lot 10575 – 10580, Paya Lang, 28300 Triang, Pahang Tel: +609 256 1406 / +609 256 1409 REVENUE DIRECTION PALM OIL MILL Add: Peti Surat 17, 81440 Bandar Tenggara, Johor Tel: +607 896 1553 Fax: +607 896 1553 SRI SENGGORA KILANG KELAPA SAWIT SDN BHD Add: Pt. 6108, Jalan Kampung Belimbing, 26500 Maran, Pahang Tel: +609 468 9031 Fax: +609 477 9031 STABLE-WIN SDN BHD Add: Lot 9958, Batu 4, Jalan Mersing, Kws. Perind. Lau Kim Teck Fasa 2, 86000 Kluang, Johor Tel: +607 772 3816 / +607 772 4816 Fax: +607 773 5816 SYARIKAT PUKIN LADANG KELAPA SAWIT SDN BHD Add: PO Box 82, 85007 Segamat , Johor Tel: +603 8947 8888 (HQ) / +607 937 1420 (Mill) Fax: +607 937 1526 SYARIKAT PENANAMAN BKT. SENORANG SDN BHD Add: 6th Floor, No. 61, Jalan Melaka Raya 8, Taman Melaka Raya, 75000 Melaka Tel: +606 282 3700 (HQ) / +609 240 1105 (Mill) Fax: +606 283 4599 (HQ) / +609 240 1106 (Mill) SUNGKIT ENTERPRISE SDN BHD Add: Peti Surat 21, 81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor Tel: +607 882 2388 Fax: +607 882 2788 WILMAR BULKING INSTALLATION SDN BHD Add: 6427 Mukim 14, Kaw. Perusahaan Mak Mandin, 13400 Butterworth, Pulau Pinang Tel: +604 331 4411 Fax: +604 332 1428 WUJUD WAWASAN SDN BHD (Kosma Palm Oil Mill) Add: 1101, Block C, Kelana Business Centre, No. 97 Jalan SS 2/7, 47301 Kelana Jaya, Selangor Tel: +609 453 0396 / +609 453 0206 / +603 7804 4036 Fax: +609 453 0397

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

31

IN THE HOT SEAT

IN THE HOT SEAT 16.05 million tonnes as compared to 17.45 million tonnes in 2015 as well as the ample palm oil supply availability arising from higher opening stocks (which amounted to 2.63 million tonnes, up by 30.7% or 618,151 tonnes) to cater for the local processing sector. In addition, the higher Indonesian CPO prices (averaging at RM2,811.00/ tonne) as compared to the Malaysian CPO average price of RM2,653.00/ tonne was deemed as a disincentive for Malaysian imports of Indonesian CPO. Almost all of the palm oil imports (both CPO and PPO) were sourced from Indonesia. Palm oil stocks closed at 1.67 million tonnes in December 2016, a decline of 36.8% from 2.63 million tonnes recorded in December 2015. The lower closing stocks was mainly due to lower CPO production, down by 13.2% or 2.64 million tonnes and lower palm oil imports by 59.6% or 612,743 tonnes.

MALAYSIAN PALM OIL INDUSTRY PERFORMANCE, 2016 AND CPO PRODUCTION & PRICE OUTLOOK, 2017 PERFORMANCE 2016

T

he year 2016 saw mixed performance of the Malaysian oil palm industry. The prolonged dry and hot weather conditions in the second half of 2015 that continued into the first half of 2016 brought about by the ElNino phenomenon had negatively impacted both the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) yield and the oil extraction rate (OER), thus reducing crude palm oil (CPO) production. The lower CPO production in 2016 drew down palm oil stocks and pushed up palm oil prices. The higher palm oil prices had

32

influenced exports to major markets as the discount of CPO to soyabean oil narrowed. The summary of the Malaysian palm oil industry performance for 2016 vis-àvis 2015 is as shown in Table 1. In 2016, CPO production recorded a decline of 13.2% to 17.32 million tonnes as against 19.96 million tonnes produced in 2015. The decrease was mainly due to lower FFB processed, down by 12.0% arising from lower FFB yield, which declined by 13.9% and also lower oil extraction rate (OER). In terms of export, total exports of oil palm products declined by 8.2% to 23.29 million tonnes in 2016 from 25.37 million tonnes exported in 2015. Total export revenue, however,

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

increased by 6.9% to RM67.58 billion (preliminary) as compared to the RM63.20 billion achieved in 2015 due to higher export prices. Palm oil off-take declined by 8.1% to 16.05 million tonnes as compared to 2015 due to lower demand, especially from India, China, the EU and USA. Nevertheless, palm oil export revenue alone increased by 3.3% to RM41.44 billion as against RM40.12 billion in 2015. Imports of palm oil declined by 59.6% to 415,414 tonnes, down from 1.03 million tonnes recorded in 2015. The decline in overall palm oil imports for 2016 was due to lower export demand for palm oil during the said period, i.e. down by 8.1% or 1.41 million tonnes to

In 2016, the prices of all oil palm products were recorded higher. CPO was traded higher by 23.2% or RM499.50/tonne to reach RM2,653.00/ tonne as compared to RM2,153.50/tonne in 2015. The higher CPO price during the year was mainly due to lower CPO production as well as dryness caused by the El-Nino weather phenomenon, which lowered FFB yield, thus boosting palm oil prices, coupled with firmer competing vegetable oil prices, i.e. SBO price and weaker Ringgit as against the US Dollar, which made palm oil cheaper as compared to other vegetable oils in the world oils and fats market. The average FFB price at 1% OER was higher by 31.0%, reaching RM30.08 in 2016, up from RM22.96 achieved in the previous year, which was also in tandem with the higher CPO and PK prices. Based on the National OER, the average price of FFB in 2016 was equivalent to RM594/tonne as against RM459/tonne recorded in the previous year. The price of CPKO in 2016 also increased by RM2,119.50/tonne or 62.8% to RM5,492.50/tonne from RM3,373.00/tonne registered during the same period of 2015. The higher prices were in tandem with the firmer world lauric oil prices in 2016, namely that of CPKO higher by US$342 or 41.9% to US$1,290/tonne and coconut oil higher by US$366 or 33.0% to US$1,475/tonne.

Table 1: Summary on the Performance of the Malaysian Oil Palm Industry, 2016 & 2015 Indicator

2016

Palm Oil Volume (Tonnes): Opening Stocks Production Imports Total Supply Exports Closing Stocks

2015

2,633,940 17,319,374 415,414 20,368,728 16,045,936 1,665,388

Difference Volume/ Value

%

2,015,789 618,151 19,961,581 (2,642,207) 1,028,158 (612,743) 23,005,528 (2,636,800) 17,454,213 (1,408,277) 2,633,940 (968,552)

30.7 (13.2) (59.6) (11.5) (8.1) (36.8)

Export Revenue (RM Mil): Palm Oil Total Palm Products

41.44 (P) 67.58 (P)

40.12 63.20

1.32 4.38

3.3 6.9

Price (RM/Tonne): FFB CPO CPKO

594.00 2,653.00 5,492.50

459.00 2,153.50 3,373.00

135.00 499.50 2,119.50

29.4 23.2 62.8

Note: P - Preliminary Source: MPOB & Department of Statistics Malaysia

OUTLOOK 2017

M

alaysian palm oil industry is expected to show a better performance in 2017 (refer to Table 2). CPO production in 2017 is projected at 19.40 million tonnes, up by 12.01% as compared to 17.32 million tonnes in 2016 due to expected better performance of FFB yield and OER attributed to the recovery from El-Nino as well as the increase in oil palm matured area.

Meanwhile, CPO price is expected to remain firm in 2017 due to several factors, such as marginal growth in palm oil supply availability, higher palm oil exports, Malaysian Ringgit remained weak as against the US Dollar and firmer soyabean oil and sunflower oil prices in the world oils and fats market.

Table 2: Outlook for 2017 2016

2017

17.32

19.40 (f)

1.

CPO Production (Mill T)

2.

CPO Price Outlook, 2017 FFB, OER, Palm Oil Production is expected to improve due to: • Biological cycle of palm • Weather conditions CPO price is expected to REMAIN FIRM (2017) Factors influencing CPO price firmness: • Marginal growth in palm oil supply availability • Higher palm oil exports • Malaysian Ringgit remains Weak as against the US Dollar • Firmer SBO and SFO prices in the world oils/fats market

Note: f - Forecast Source: MPOB & Department of Statistics Malaysia

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

33

SPECIAL INSIGHT

SPECIAL INSIGHT

THE

FUTURE OF PALM OIL

Addressing unfair attacks on palm oil, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council’s new chief executive officer Dr Kalyana Sundram separates scare tactics from the science.

M

ALAYSIAN Palm Oil Council CEO Dr Kalyana Sundram was appointed in January, just as the industry marks its 100th anniversary. A Fellow of prestigious associations like the Malaysian Academy of Sciences and Nutrition Society of Malaysia, the 62-year-old from Gemas, Negeri Sembilan, is committed to steering the industry to new heights. Top on the agenda is ensuring the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification scheme’s success and to promote palm oil. He’s served on committees in the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and International Union of Nutritional Sciences, published extensively on palm oil and holds 21 palm oil-related patents. Having coordinated over 170 palm oil projects, the health and nutrition expert is finding it more of a challenge to indulge in his passion for books and meeting new people, but he’s determined to set the record straight and correct misconceptions surrounding the commodity.

There’s lots of bad press regarding palm oil in the foreign media. Are we battling perception or fact? The recent hype on Nutella, which uses Malaysian palm oil as a key ingredient, and the quoted cancer concerns about the contaminants 3-MCPD-esters and glycidyl esters (GE), is one of the many orchestrated attacks on our industry. We have a history of being targeted. This goes back to the 1980s with the anti-tropical oil

34

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

campaign. We overcame that by investing extensively in research, including human clinical trials, to show that palm oil is wholesome and nutritious. Then, they attacked us over deforestation, sustainability, and conservation issues. The latest attack saw a facttwisting frenzy linking palm oil with cancer. It’s another scare tactic. There’s no viable scientific substantiation of these anti-palm oil antidotes.

the whole of Asia. We pride ourselves in providing a safe and healthy product, but at an affordable price. This has led to the misconception about the quality of palm oil. Our challenge is to change that mindset. Quality in this particular case isn’t associated with price. The low price is because of oil palm’s high-yield compared to the other seed oils. Take soybean oil for example - its oil yield is six times lower than palm oil. We’re passing on that savings to food processors, consumers and end users. That’s one of the selling points of Malaysian palm oil. And in Malaysia, the government even subsidises cooking oil so that it remains affordable. The real value of a bottle of palm olein is much higher. We’ve to work with all segments of the supply chain to assure consumers that this is a quality oil. Palm oil is a hidden ingredient in many products especially in the confectionery, margarine, oils and fats, animal feed, chemicals and cosmetics, industries. We must make ourselves visible and gain the confidence of the consumer. We’re reaching out even to school kids to educate them about palm oil. We’re talking to celebrity chefs around the world and looking at ways to best promote, educate and empower consumers worldwide, but it’ll take time.

The bottom line is if you consume palm, soy or corn oil, there’s no cancer risk if you have a healthy lifestyle. There were also studies showing how heated fats increase cancer risk in laboratory animals. Because liquid fat from seed oils like olive, soybean and corn, oxidise faster than palm oil, the latter is thought to be less cancerous. Again we refrained from over claiming because we felt we needed better proof, especially in humans. So is palm oil cancerous? I’m ready to debate with any authority who makes such a claim because there is absolutely no evidence to support it. The positive thing about palm oil is that it contains vitamin E tocotrienols and pro-Vitamin A carotenoids. These nutritional compounds are sold separately as health supplements. While tocotrienols have anti-cancer properties, we don’t have evidence that it can cure cancer. At best, it’s a nutritional supplement that probably helps to prevent the onset of certain cancers. It is also proven to help prevent stroke in humans. Despite the positive evidence, we have been very conservative in how we position palm oil. It may be time to change our approach.

Why is the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification crucial? This is a big move forward for sustainability. We’ll work closely with the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry and the Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) to ensure that the objectives of MSPO are achieved and internationally accepted. We must engage with people around the world including legislators and decision makers such as the European Parliament, and tell them how we cultivate oil palm in tandem with forest conservation policies that are in place here.

The contaminants occur in all oils and fats, not just palm oil. Malaysia was already working to reduce, and perhaps even eliminate, the 3-MCPD-esters and GE in certain palm products, before the Nutella episode. By December, we expect to be the world’s first oil and fat producer to achieve that goal. The only way to promote palm oil is with facts and figures. When we advertise, it’s always supported by verifiable facts. It’s not just putting up a pretty poster. I don’t mind a pretty lady supporting palm oil, but that lady must promote factually correct information.

What’s the biggest misconception? That it is less healthy because it’s cheaper than other seed oils and fats. Our palm oil quality is equivalent to any other oil or fat in the supermarket regardless of the price because on top of Malaysian food regulations, we have to follow international quality specifications such as those prescribed by Codex Alimentarius, the authority associated with FAO and WHO. The Codex food quality standard for corn oil, olive oil, palm oil, sunflower oil or any oil for that matter, is prescribed under these international regulations. Whether you like it or not, palm oil’s a big component in the global food security basket particularly for the African continent, Middle East, and

Is palm oil healthy? My family cooks with palm oil. Minimising health risks is about leading a healthy lifestyle and eating a balanced diet, and that includes dietary fat. If you’re eating a zero-fat diet, you’re in trouble. Scientists have been researching the association of oils and fats with cancer for over 50 years. Literature is ablaze with scientific documentation of how the rate of cancer progression is higher in laboratory animals fed with oils rich in polyunsaturated fats like soy and corn. We replicated the research model and found that palm oil was less cancer promoting in animals than these other oils. But although our work was published in very good peer science journals, we didn’t jump to the conclusion that palm oil was anti-cancer, and soy and corn were pro-cancer because these studies weren’t conducted on the population.

You manage the Malaysian Palm Oil Wildlife Conservation Fund. Is the industry threatening our environment? Oil palm cultivation was accused of being a driver for deforestation and (contributing to) the end of the orang utan population. The Internet was flooded with claims that by 2010, the orang utan would be gone. So, we created a fund, worked

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

35

SPECIAL INSIGHT

PMT INDUSTRIES SDN BHD

(212857-U)

PMT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wah Seong Corporation Berhad and has been engaged in the renewable energy and agro-industry sectors since 1983. We specialize in providing precision engineering and manufacturing of equipment, spare parts and servicing for biomass power plant and oil room processes to achieve customer satisfaction. We are able to meet customers’ demands and expectations through our experiences and extensive networks.

Power Generation – SHINKO Steam Turbine

with wildlife and forestry departments, and implemented initiatives to ensure that the orang utan population would remain viable. It’s a self-imposed target. And now that we have a very viable population - 11,200 in Sabah and about 2,500 in Sarawak, we must ensure that the effort to save, conserve and allow them to thrive in the wild and coexist with oil palm plantations, continues in the right direction. In the past when pygmy elephants were poisoned in Sabah, it was the wildlife rescue unit we helped establish, and currently fund, that trekked the entire jungle to uncover what happened. Many thought the plantation workers were responsible so together with the Sabah Wildlife Department, we offered a RM100,000 reward to anyone who could help bring the culprits to court. The reward wasn’t claimed. There wasn’t any proof that plantations were involved. Even autopsies of the elephant carcasses couldn’t clearly determine that the poisoning was due to plantation activities. The animals may have consumed the poison elsewhere. But because of their size, it took a while for the poison to work. When they died, it happened to be in the vicinity of a plantation. Again, it was our wildlife rescue unit that recently saved and placed a tracking collar on the rare sabre-tusked pygmy elephant. Unfortunately, poachers struck almost immediately after it was released into the wild, killing this magnificent species. These deaths were not triggered by the plantations, but we’re now even more determined to play a bigger role in wildlife conservation.

You have over 35 years of industry experience. What are your plans for the MPOC? To promote Malaysian palm oil globally. Our palm oil reaches over 150 countries and it is increasingly being used in many food formulations worldwide.

Before hitting the shelves, the oil has to be refined, processed, packed, and branded. We want to reach out to every entity in the supply chain and of course, the end consumer, to convince them that this is a sustainably produced, wholesome, and nutritious, edible oil. We have many years of science-backed research and information that speaks volumes about the neutrality of palm oil as an oil or a fat that’s suitable for every segment of the population. We want greater outreach to consumers because it is them who drive the acceptance and sale of palm oil. Locally, between 75% to 80% of our daily fat consumption comes from palm oil. Malaysians generally have no reservations about palm oil products, but often, they don’t know what they’re consuming because they don’t pay attention to labels. Purchases are brand-driven. So, we have to do more to inform consumers about palm oil, its health benefits and what it can or cannot do. Our supporters like Nutella and Smart Balance are proud to be associated with palm oil. Smart Balance from the US, of which I’m one of the inventors, clearly states on its label: ‘Palm oil from the sunny shores of Malaysia”. So, Americans accept our palm oil for its health benefits and quality. There’s no reason to hide (the fact) that a product uses palm oil. On the contrary, we must advertise it.

Malaysian palm oil turns 100 this year. What’s the way forward? We must ensure that the industry remains viable and sustainable in the long term. Competition is intensifying. Land is limited so we must double the current 4.2 tonnes per hectare oil yield. To address the negative press, the MPOB must intensify its health and sustainability research. MPOC will then use this positive evidence to promote palm oil. Very exciting information, which we’ll be highlighting soon, is emerging. Source : The Star

36

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Oil Room Equipment

RB Model

PMT Auto Brush Strainer

SAITO Decanter

DNG Model

Desanding Cyclone

Spare Parts

Kernel Crushing Plant

Palm Kernel Oil Machine

Empty Fruit Punch Press

Screw Press

OUR SERVICES Development • Design guidance • Feedstock review and study • Technology review and condition study • Site and financial assessment • Outline feasibility • Project financing • In-house engineering and design team

Pre-Construction • Pre-planning and coordination • Scope of work and cost estimator • Project management • Site investigation • Civil and structural engineering guidance • Contracts preparation and negotiation • Tendering and evaluation

Construction • Project management and execution • Cost management • Engineering support • Construction monitoring • Site management • Inspection and testing

Operations • • • • • • •

Post project analysis Maintenance works Site monitoring Operational support Procedures and training Tools and equipment Health and safety services

Lot 1929, Jalan Bukit Kemuning, Seksyen 32, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia. Website: www.pmt-grp.com Email: [email protected] Tel: 603-5122 5522 Fax: 603-5122 5533

GREEN SOLUTION country plans to establish about 1.4 million hectares of new oil palm plantations by 2010. This will likely require clearing additional large swaths of tropical forest, contributing to the loss of indigenous lands and further threatening the habitat of endangered species such as the orang utan. It would also increase Indonesia’s contribution to global climate change. The country already emits more greenhouse gases than any other nation besides China and the United States, due primarily to the clearing and burning of tropical forests.

SUSTAINABILITY CRITERIA REMAIN CONTROVERSIAL In response to these environmental and social concerns, conservation group WWF teamed up with the palm oil industry to launch the RSPO, a multistakeholder body, in 2004. One of the body’s top mandates has been to define what “sustainable” palm oil production entails, and to develop a credible standard to reflect this. The standard was released in 2005. To meet the new standard, growers and processors must apply eight principles, containing 39 specific criteria [PDF], to their operations. The principles include a commitment to transparency on environmental, social and legal issues; environmental responsibility with regard to waste, resource use, and climate; and responsible consideration for workers, individuals, and communities affected by palm oil production.

CAN “SUSTAINABLE” PALM OIL SLOW DEFORESTATION? M

alaysia-based United Plantations marked the beginning of a new era for the controversial palm oil market last November with its first certified “sustainable” shipment. The purchaser, Unilever, greeted the oil with a welcoming ceremony at the Dutch port of Rotterdam. A refinery in the United Kingdom received the palm oil a few days later, churned it into edible cooking oil, and shipped it to

38

Sainsbury’s, a leading UK grocery chain. Oil palm plantations in Indonesia are also lining up for certification, hoping to demonstrate to buyers that ecologically rich tropical forests were not cleared to grow their crop. Industrial producer PT Musim Mas received the country’s first certificate in February, and at least four other companies, such as Cargill-owned PT Hindoli, have followed.

the palm oil they source meet rigorous sustainability standards. Under a new European Union biofuel policy [PDF] finalized earlier this month, any palm oil biodiesel imported to the region must, over its full life cycle, demonstrate a 35-percent savings in greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuel diesel, and the feedstock cannot be grown in areas with high biodiversity value or a high stock of carbon.

More companies and governments, particularly in Europe, are requiring that

These demands have led the main global certification body, the Roundtable

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), to become a major player in the future of palm oil production. Nearly 40 million tons of palm oil was produced in 2007, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. Indonesia leads global production and is expected to supply more than half the palm oil that the world will demand in the coming years for cooking, cosmetics, and biofuel. Despite the global recession, the

Producers are beginning to implement the RSPO criteria: as of last year, members included 72 firms worldwide, more than half of them from Indonesia. About 1.5 million tons of palm oil was certified last year. Although relatively few companies have been certified, villagers and non-governmental organizations in Indonesia are already using the RSPO’s criteria to demand better treatment for communities displaced by plantations, according to Norman Jiwan, a researcher with the Indonesian human rights group Sawit Watch. “By using the criteria, indigenous people in local communities can stop the companies’

aggression on the ground,” Jiwan said. But the rules are not without loopholes. New plantations are allowed to remove forest as long as the land is not deemed “high-value conservation forest.” With RSPO members from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific islands, the body has allowed each country to interpret “high value” based on its unique situation. Instead, the RSPO plans in upcoming meetings to tighten its rules for how much greenhouse gas a new plantation may release. The maximum amount of gases released by new plantations would be based on the forest’s original biomass. Areas with dense, old-growth trees or carbon-rich peat, would rank higher on the biomass standard than new growth forests. “Defining a ‘high value conservation forest’ is a vague process. It’s subject to opinion,” said Tim Killeen, who represents the environmental group Conservation International on the RSPO. “But a biomass standard is not going to be subject to interpretation.” The RSPO criteria also state that oil palm trees planted before 2005 are exempted. On average, the oil palm requires about seven years to bear fruit, so the “high value conservation forest” requirements do not pertain to the recent palm oil shipments that received RSPO certification. The environmental groups Greenpeace International and Wetlands International argue that such loopholes allows palm oil firms to join RSPO and improve their image despite the fact that very little palm oil has yet been produced according to the sustainability criteria. The Jakarta-based Center for Orangutan Protection has directly opposed the certification scheme. The group said last year that it found two RSPO member companies clear-cutting forests that were home to orangutans, sun bears, and Borneo gibbons. “It has been six years after RSPO was put into operation but forests are still cleared and orangutans are continually killed,” said Novi Hardianto, the Center’s habitat program coordinator, in a press release. “All criteria on sustainable palm oil and certification process are merely public lies.”

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

39

GREEN SOLUTION

Piping and System Integration including Scrubber, Dryer and Boaster to 4 units of 1MW Engine

For Killeen, the potential for oil palm to become an environmentally sustainable, high-income crop is too great to ignore. If the RSPO can address its shortcomings, the certification system can become a key tool in reducing deforestation across Indonesia, he said. But without a larger share of the market demanding sustainable palm oil, any progress made by the RSPO may not halt the damaging effects of expanded oil palm production. “The RSPO controls the market exporting to Europe, basically. China doesn’t care. India doesn’t care. Domestic consumption in Vietnam, Korea, they don’t care,” Killeen said. “Don’t expect the RSPO to stop the problems.”

“There need not be such a drive to open new acreage at the expense of tropical forests if the average Indonesian producer - that means both commercial and smallholders - were to actually invest a greater amount of capital in yield improvements,” Shean said. Without regulations that place strict limits on expanding plantations, however, producers do not have enough incentive to invest in boosting their yields, Shean said. Proponents of international carbon offset programs view the successor climate change treaty to the Kyoto Protocol as an opportunity to finance yield improvements.

In order for Indonesia to continue developing its lucrative oil palm industry without devastating tropical ecosystems, the industry will need to increase yields on land that has already been cleared, according to Michael Shean, a global crop analyst with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Negotiators will decide at December’s U.N. summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, whether to include a policy that pays landowners to keep forests intact. Although specifics of the approach, known as “reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation,” or REDD, remain undefined, Indonesia has applied for funds from both the U.N. and the World Bank for pilot projects that could pay oil palm plantations to avoid clearing dense forests.

On average, plantations yield about four tons of oil per hectare, but some producers, often larger commercial estates, have managed yields as great as 10 tons per hectare, Shean said.

The Nature Conservancy, one of several conservation groups exploring the use of REDD, predicts that an international carbon price of roughly $6 per ton would make conserving

BEYOND CERTIFICATION

40

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Indonesia’s forests economically competitive with oil palm development. “The strategy is to direct oil palm to areas already degraded,” said Greg Fishbein, director of the group’s conservation finance division. “The benefit of REDD is that you show up with a bunch of money.” A study in the journal Conservation Letters last month estimated that if REDD is included in a cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gas emissions, payments for “avoided deforestation” could range between $1,500 and $11,800 per hectare, depending on when the carbon credits are allocated and sold. In comparison, the oil palm market was estimated to generate a net present value between $3,800 and $9,600 per hectare over a 30-year period. The carbon market offers the potential to expand RSPO criteria to a larger share of oil palm plantations. But the success of the REDD approach depends on how the funding, which is expected to be significant, would be allocated. “If REDD is spent providing for jobs in old, deforested landscapes, it might be effective,” Killeen said. “If REDD is spent by NGOs or consultants or governments on silly things that are not investments in productivity [and] not investments in people, [then] people will still cut down the forest.” Source : Worldwatch Institute

Chiller/Dryer System

Membrane Upgrading System

Double Membrane Gas Storage System

Membrane CO2 Recovering System No. 15-1, 1st Floor, Jalan Putra Mahkota 7/8C, Seksyen 7, Putra Heights, 47650 Subang Jaya, Selangor D.E., Malaysia. t/f : +603 5103 8873

Compression, Bottling and Dispenser System

w : www.climateenergy.net e : [email protected]

GREEN SOLUTION

GREEN SOLUTION

»

Enriched by palm oil: Nutella chocolatehazelnut paste relies on palm oil for its smooth texture and shelf life. – Reuters

FERRERO RUNS TV COMMERCIAL TO ALLAY FEAR OVER CANCER RISK The US$44bil palm oil industry, under pressure in Europe after authorities listed the edible oil as a cancer risk, has found a vocal ally in the food sector: the maker of Nutella.

I

talian confectionery firm Ferrero has taken a public stand in defence of an ingredient that some other food companies in the country are boycotting. It has launched an advertising campaign to assure the public about the safety of Nutella, its flagship product which makes up about a fifth of its sales. The hazelnut and chocolate spread, one of Italy’s best-known food brands and a popular breakfast treat for children, relies on palm oil for its smooth

42

texture and shelf life. Other substitutes, such as sunflower oil, would change its character, according to Ferrero.

Making Nutella without palm oil would produce an inferior substitute for the real product, it would be a step backward,” Ferrero’s purchasing manager Vincenzo Tapella told Reuters. He features in a TV commercial aired in Italy over the past three months that has drawn criticism from some politicians. Any move away from palm oil would also have economic implications as it is the cheapest vegetable oil, costing around US$800 a tonne, compared with US$845 for sunflower oil and US$920 for rapeseed oil, another possible substitute.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Ferrero uses about 185,000 tonnes of palm oil a year, so replacing it with those substitutes could cost the firm an extra US$8mil-US$22mil annually, at those prices. The company declined to comment on these calculations. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said in May that palm oil generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius. It did not, however, recommend consumers stop eating it and said further study was needed to assess the level of risk. The detailed research into the contaminant – known as GE – was commissioned by the European Commission in 2014 after an EFSA study the year before, into substances

generated during industrial refining, identified it as being potentially harmful. EFSA does not have the power to make regulations, though the issue is under review by the European Commission. The spokesman for Health and Food Safety, Enrico Brivio, said guidance would be issued by the end of this year. Measures could include regulations to limit the level of GE in food products, but there would not be a ban on the use of palm oil, he added. The World Health Organisation and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation flagged the same potential risk that EFSA had warned of regarding GE, but did not recommend consumers stop eating palm oil. The US Food and Drug Administration also has not banned the use of palm oil in food. The issue became a hot consumer topic in Italy after the largest supermarket chain, Coop, boycotted palm oil in all its own-brand products following the EFSA study, describing the move as a “precaution”. Italy’s biggest baker, Barilla, also eliminated it and put “palm oil-free” labels on its wares. The retailers’ decisions followed pressure from activists, including Italy’s main farming association Coldiretti and online food magazine Il Fatto Alimentare, which called on all food firms to stop using palm oil. High temperatures are used to

remove palm oil’s natural red colour and neutralise its smell, but Ferrero says it uses an industrial process that combines a temperature of just below 200ºC and extremely low pressure to minimise contaminants. The process takes longer and costs 20% more than high-temperature refining, Ferrero told Reuters. But it said this had allowed it to bring GE levels so low that scientific instruments find it hard to trace the chemical. “The palm oil used by Ferrero is safe because it comes from freshly squeezed fruits and is processed at controlled temperatures,” Tapella says in the TV ad, which was filmed at the firm’s factory in the northern town of Alba and was accompanied by full-page ads in newspapers carrying the same message. EFSA declined to comment on the possible risks of refining palm oil at lower temperatures. Ferrero is by no means the only big European food firm to keep using palm oil in its products since the EFSA report. The likes of Unilever and Nestle use it in products including chocolate, snacks and margarine. The two companies said they were monitoring the contaminant issue and were working with their suppliers to keep GE at lowest possible levels.

food company to mount such a public defence of the use of the ingredient in its products following the EFSA opinion. The company told Reuters it carried out “hundreds of thousands of tests” on contaminants in both the palm oil it uses and finished products. The palm oil industry, dominated by producers in Malaysia and Indonesia, believes Ferrero is playing an important role in addressing what it regards as misconceptions among consumers. “It is good that Ferrero has clarified that the palm oil they use is safe and sustainable,” said Tan Sri Yusof Basiron, chief executive of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council. He said Malaysian producers had not suffered any impact on their European exports after the EFSA opinion. The Indonesian Palm Oil Association also said there had been no impact. Source : Reuters

“The palm oil used by Ferrero is safe because it comes from freshly squeezed fruits and is processed at controlled temperatures,” - Vincenzo Tapella, Ferrero’s purchasing manager

Ferrero is the only big European

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

43

We’ve found the perfect spot to grow the future.

GREEN SOLUTION

M’SIA GEARS TO SHIP OUT MSPO-CERTIFIED PALM OIL TO EUROPE BY END-2017

That’s right, the Earth. Our interests in agri-business currently span across more than 10 countries while opportunities for further expansion continue to knock at our door. And keen to keep the planet green, we always take care to innovate and cultivate responsibly. For more info, visit feldaglobal.com

»

P

UTRAJAYA: Malaysia is gearing towards shipping out its first Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified consignment of palm oil to Europe by the end of this year. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said this reflected Malaysia’s seriousness in efforts to manage its palm oil industry in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. “I have written to the president of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker stating that by the end of 2017 we will send the first MSPO certified consignment to Europe. “And, we target to send five million tonnes of certified MSPO palm oil to Europe by 2019,” he told reporters yesterday. It was reported that MSPO-certified areas comprising both estates and smallholders amount to 211,675ha, while MSPO-certified crude palm oil (CPO) and crude palm kernel stand at 660,700 tonnes and 118,100 tonnes, respectively. As of December 2016, six per cent

44

Malaysia is gearing towards shipping out its first Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certified consignment of palm oil to Europe by the end of this year. NSTP Pix by AHMAD IRHAM MOHD NOOR. of the estate planted hectarage was MSPO-certified and only 0.3 per cent of smallholder hectarage was MSPOcertified. On the recent state visit of French President François Hollande to Malaysia, Mah said he had informed the French delegate that the Malaysian government had made it mandatory for all palm oil producers to get their MSPO certification by end of 2019. He added that Malaysia had also requested for France’s support not to favour the Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforest scheduled to be tabled at the European Parliament next month. “Malaysia gave the assurance that we share the same common aspiration with France towards sustainable development goals.” The EU Resolution singles out palm oil as a major contributor to deforestation and also suggested the EU to develop a single certification that will only allow sustainably produced palm oil to enter the EU market. “In addition, the Resolution also proposes labelling on food products to differentiate sustainably produced palm oil on food packages.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

“Malaysia perceived the EU Resolution as a trade impediment and may have a devastating effect on the country’s export. It may also undermine the continued efforts taken by Malaysian government towards sustainability,” he said. In this respect, Mah said he would meet his Indonesian counterpart next week to have an urgen discussion on how Malaysia and Indonesia could work together using the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries platform. In 2016, the EU imported 29.4 per cent of palm oil from Malaysia and 48.6 per cent from Indonesia. The EU is the largest export destination for Malaysian palm oil and palm oil products with export valued at RM10 billion last year. Following Prime Minister Najib Razak’s visit to India, Mah said four memoranda of understanding (MoUs) are scheduled to be signed. He described those MoUs as a breakthrough for Malaysian palm oil as they would strengthen its foothold in the Indian market. India is Malaysia’s second largest export destination with total export value of RM8.32 billion in 2016. Source : New Straits Times

feldaglobal.com

Ingenuity Incorporated

GREEN SOLUTION

GREEN SOLUTION In conclusion, palm oil biodiesel is a clean, renewable fuel that can be used in all diesel vehicles. It produces no problems in the long term and even protects the engine better. Usage of biodiesel will reduce carbon emissions and is beneficial to the environment as it is a sustainable product. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainable development is defined as development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

PALM BIODIESEL:

SIMPLY A BETTER FUEL

R

udolf Diesel patented the diesel compression engine in the 1890s. He ran it on groundnut, or more commonly known as peanut oil. In essence, he ran the diesel engine on B100 diesel. Pure biodiesel contains no sulphur, has better lubrication properties and has a higher cetane number than petrochemical diesel. One kilogramme of palm oil produces 1kg of palm biodiesel. Biodiesel is basically a substitute for normal diesel and can be blended to diesel in any proportion. However, it is blended into diesel in small amounts because there is a limit to the production of biodiesel. The world cannot produce enough biodiesel to meet global demand. Malaysia currently accounts for 39 per cent of world palm oil production and 44 per cent of world exports. It is from this production that we produce biodiesel.

46

But, most of the crude palm oil we produce is for other industries, such as the food industry (cooking oil, margarines etc) and the cosmetics industry (soaps, washing powders etc). Palm oil for biodiesel production is only about 1 per cent of the total. There are other alternatives to palm oil, such as rapeseed oil, soya bean oil, tallow and even used cooking oil. But, the real fact is only palm oilbased biodiesel has been approved by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), and it approves the palm oil-based biodiesel use on its vehicles up to a concentration of B20. In addition, according to the National Biodiesel Board of America, as at 2015, vehicles using ASTM D6751 standard biodiesel have covered over 45 million miles of successful, trouble-free, real-world operation on B20 blends in a wide variety of engines, climates and applications.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

In Malaysia, the leading light of biodiesel is the Malaysian Palm Oil Board. It has carried out extensive research and development on the production of biodiesel from palm oil since the 1982. The biodiesel produced by MPOB meets international biodiesel specifications, namely ASTM D6751 and EN 14214, as well as the aforementioned JAMA approval. MPOB has eight plants producing biofuel blends in Malaysia — three in Johor, four in Selangor and one in Sarawak — as well as one in Korea, two in Thailand and even one in Colombia, effectively exporting our expertise overseas. Since our National Biofuel Policy was launched in March 2006, we have progressed from a biodiesel blend of B5 diesel to a B7 blend in December 2014. The biodiesel is only available in the Euro2M diesel sold in all the petrol stations in Malaysia. And the new B10 is slated to be available this year to replace B7.

There are many benefits of biodiesel and the benefits are mostly to the environment. On the average, a diesel vehicle will produce 3.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Switching to biofuel will remove approximately 3 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. Since the production of biofuel in Malaysia will consume 700,000 to 800,000 tonnes per year, it is removing the emissions of around 100,000 vehicles. Biodiesel usage reduces acid rain, being almost (only 550 parts per million), and will reduce sulphur emissions by 350,000 tonnes per year. Biodiesel also burns more completely with much less smoke and soot than diesel, improving the air quality, especially in the urban areas.

The cleanliness of using biodiesel also extends to the fuel filters, diesel pumps and injector nozzles of diesel engines. Extensive tests worldwide have shown that using biodiesel increases the lifespan of these components. And MPOB’s tests on a dynamometer, in the presence of the Road Transport Deparment, have shown that the power produced by B7 and B10 blends to be comparable and similar with normal fossil diesel fuels.

Thus, MPOB believes that a sustainable palm oil production comprises legal, economically viable, environmentally appropriate, and socially beneficial management and operations. The use of sustainable palm oil for the production of palm biodiesel will make the Malaysian palm biodiesel industry sustainable even though it comprises a small part of palm oil production. Source : New Straits Times

MPOB principal research officer Dr Harrison Lau is fond of the fact that biodiesel is an environmentallysustainable product, reducing carbon dioxide production and returning oxygen to the environment through the palm oil trees. Technically, biodiesel is also superior to normal diesel. It has a higher lubricity, which means lower wear-and-tear for the vehicle’s engine. A diesel fuel that has a low sulphur content, such as Euro 5, will have less lubricity than biodiesel and will benefit from blending. Biodiesel burns more thoroughly than normal diesel, due to the fact that it contains oxygen. This results in the blend having a high cetane number (cetane numbers indicates ease of combustion; a higher number is preferable). For example, Euro 2M diesel has a cetane number of 59.8, while B7 diesel is 62.4. The new B10 has a cetane number of 62.7.

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

47

GREEN SOLUTION but an obstacle for buyers hoping to use RSPO-certified oil. In other words, 2016 showed that relying too heavily on a few certified suppliers can create risk. Price hikes can encourage plantation firms to create a certified product that’s in demand; but such hikes can also discourage some buyers from choosing the more costly certified products, undermining efforts for change.

» Oil palm plantation in Riau, Sumatra. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. supply chains by 2020.

WILL THERE REALLY BE ENOUGH SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL FOR THE WHOLE MARKET? More and more corporate palm oil users are promising to clean up their supply chains. But a new report says firms may have underestimated the availability of ethically produced oil, jeopardizing those pledges. •





A report by non-profit CDP suggests companies may have a false confidence in their ability to find enough sustainable palm oil to meet their commitments. Certified sustainable palm oil was in short supply last summer and prices spiked when two major producers were suspended by the industry’s main certification association, revealing vulnerabilities in the supply. Better planning to secure future supply includes working more intensively with suppliers, says CDP.

48

I

n the summer of 2016, two of the world’s largest producers of palm oil, which is found in everything from lipstick to margarine, lost the ability to market what they sold as certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, the world’s largest association for ethical production of the commodity. The companies had been responsible for nearly a fifth of the global supply of RSPO-certified palm oil, which is increasingly sought after as corporate palm oil users commit to purge their operations of environmental destruction and human rights abuses, ills often associated with the industry. The subsequent strain on supply sent prices for the premium stuff soaring. A report (pdf) released in December by London-based non-profit CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, found that last summer’s spike in prices could be just

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

a taste of what’s to come. CDP surveyed 187 of the world’s largest and most impactful companies in relation to deforestation risk. Although 75 percent of companies reporting on palm oil said they have identified sufficient sources of sustainable oil for future operational needs, CDP concluded that “this confidence may be misplaced.” “It is not clear, at this point, that sufficient supplies of sustainable commodities will be available to meet all of these targets, raising risks that some companies will be in breach of their commitments, or will otherwise face spiralling costs as demand races ahead of supply,” the report said. As the rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in Southeast Asia and, increasingly, in Africa and Latin America fuels rainforest loss, land grabbing and labor abuses, many industry players have set goals for cleaning up their

“It’s now 2017, and we’re getting really close to those targets,” Katie McCoy, head of CDP’s forests program, told Mongabay. “As part of delivering on those commitments, thorough risk assessment that goes into the future is needed.”

IN 2016, THE ‘FRAGILITY’ OF SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL SUPPLY WAS REVEALED Seventy-seven percent of the companies reporting on palm oil told CDP they rely on RSPO certification to ensure that what they buy is sustainably produced. In April 2016, the RSPO suspended the credentials of one of the biggest certified palm oil suppliers, IOI Group, after the Malaysian firm was accused of a raft of violations in Indonesia. Shortly thereafter, another major supplier, Felda Global Ventures, voluntarily withdrew certification from 58 of its mills in Malaysia after acknowledging sustainability problems. With these two suppliers out of the game, 18.5 percent of all the RSPO-certified palm oil in the world evaporated, according to RSPO affiliate GreenPalm. As a result, “the premium for sustainable over conventional palm oil jumped from $25/metric ton to $30-35, while that on palm kernel oil doubled, from $80-100/metric ton to more than $200,” reported CDP. A statement issued by GreenPalm

at the time described the lessons learned: “News of the ending of IOI and Felda’s RSPO certification has thrown a spotlight on the fragility of physical supply. At the same time, it demonstrates the importance of building resilient supply chains.” The RSPO reinstated IOI’s certification four months after the suspension — too early, according to observers who were unsatisfied with the company’s roadmap for change and wanted to see more progress on the ground first. Nevertheless, the impact on the supply of RSPO-certified oil has lingered, as many companies remain reluctant to buy from IOI. McCoy said the spike sent a positive signal to producers, showing there is demand for sustainable palm oil. GreenPalm’s general manager, Bob Norman, also noted in a statement that the high prices were a boon to sellers,

MIXED MESSAGES: SHORTAGE OR PLENTY? While it’s possible enough certified palm oil will be available to meet growing demand, the key will be making sure buyers and sellers connect, according to RSPO communications chief Stefano Savi. He pointed to a supply-demand paradox: “From the growers’ perspective, some will say, “There’s not enough demand.’ From the buyers’ perspective, some will say, ‘I can’t find enough certified sustainable palm oil.’ In a way, both of these answers are true.” RSPO-certified palm oil is a niche product that still requires companies to deal one-on-one with suppliers, Savi explained. “It’s not something that you can pick up a phone and call a commodity trading desk and say, ‘I would like X-tons of certified sustainable palm oil.’ That’s not the way it works today.”

»

Oil palm fruit in Indonesia’s Aceh province. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

49

GREEN SOLUTION

GREEN SOLUTION to which the RSPO typically replies that it doesn’t want to raise the bar so high as to discourage uncertified firms from pursuing the existing standard. “Shouldn’t we get everyone to really start jumping before we move the post?” Savi asked. The RSPO did launch RSPO NEXT last year as an optional zerodeforestation tier for members. But there’s a worry that creating different levels of certification may devalue lower levels, Savi explained, making it tricky to find a balance that helps all players.

» An oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

»

Some of what the RSPO certifies ends up being sold under other schemes, such as the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system, which is popularly used for palm oil destined to become biofuel in Europe. The remainder is sold as conventional palm oil. A more stable supply could be established by clearer communication between certified producers and prospective buyers, Savi said. At present, demand for sustainable palm oil largely comes from Europe and North America, which consume a combined total of about 8 million metric tons of palm oil annually, according to the Sustainable Palm Oil Transparency Toolkit. In 2016, the RSPO certified about 11 million metric tons. Enough certified sustainable palm oil currently exists to meet the entire needs of these regions, if producers can successfully connect with buyers. At the same time, China and India combined import some 16 million tons annually. If demand for RSPO-certified palm oil grows in these areas, it could really strain supply if that supply doesn’t grow in tandem, said John

50

Buchanan, senior director of sustainable food and agriculture markets at Conservation International, an NGO. “Just cleaning up a part of the industry to supply the U.S. or Europe doesn’t solve the problem,” he said. “I think the key is to really emphasize that at the end of the day we need the demand.” He added, “I would love to see demand outpace supply. That might have some price implications…[and] it’s possible that there could be some shortterm blips like we saw with IOI and Felda last year, but…the most important thing is that demand continue to grow, because at the end of the day we should all be pro-sustainable palm oil.”

BUILDING A STABLE SUPPLY McCoy, the CDP forests program chief, said the best way to ensure a stable future supply is for companies to foster sustainability in their existing supply chains instead of just looking for new sources that are already certified. While the CDP report highlighted

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

The sun rises behind an oil palm plantation in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. Photo by Rhett A. Butler

deep peat swamps. But the trend among companies now is to swear off clearance of any tract of forest or carbon-rich peat soil. Emma Lierley of Rainforest Action Network told Mongabay: “RAN seriously questions the legitimacy of the ‘certified sustainable’ palm oil on

the market. The RSPO is inadequate as a standard, and cannot be trusted as a source of truly responsible palm oil — responsible palm oil being made without deforestation, the destruction of peatlands and the abuse of workers’ and human rights.” It’s a frequently leveled criticism,

Savi acknowledged cases in which RSPO has failed to enforce its own standards, which undermines the value of its certified palm oil in the eyes of many. “We acknowledge there are a lot of issues in implementation. Sometimes things shy away from perfection,” he said. “This is a process,” he added. “What we should focus on is improvement.” Source: Mongabay

the dearth of companies rigorously planning for long-term supply stability, some companies — like Latin American palm oil giant Agropalma — have solid plans for decades to come, McCoy said. That includes working intensively with suppliers, who often lack funds and a familiarity with the needs of international markets, to help them clean up their operations, she explained. McCoy highlighted some figures from the CDP report to illustrate what kinds of collaboration are generally lacking: “Thirty-seven percent are auditing the suppliers, 31 percent run workshops and training, 17 percent do joint projects, and only 9 percent offer technical support.” When these numbers are boosted, she said, a stable supply of sustainable palm oil is likely to grow.

BUILDING A SOLID STANDARD And then there is the issue of the quality of the RSPO’s green label itself. The roundtable’s standard only protects old-growth primary forests and

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

51

DID YOU KNOW ?

DID YOU KNOW ?

T

his year marks palm oil’s 100 years in Malaysia. It was 100 years ago when the then almost unknown oil palm was first planted here. The British was largely responsible for bringing in the first batch of seeds of this crop, a native of West Africa, into this country. However, many Europeans had a hand in pioneering the cultivation of a crop that would change the global equation for trade in oils and fats decades later. A French entrepreneur, Henri Fauconnier, was recorded in history to be among the earliest who dabbled in the planting of oil palm.

HEROES OF THE PALM OIL INDUSTRY

We in the palm oil industry are, of course, very aware of the involvement of planters from Denmark. Under the strong leadership of the late Tan Sri B. Bek-Nielsen, the United Plantations group based in Teluk Intan has emerged as an exemplary force in the impressive development of the industry in Malaysia. The late Bek-Nielsen stood out among those who fought hard to put palm oil on the global stage. The early days of palm oil were not spared the rigours of global competition. As a new entrant in the world edible oils trade, palm oil was seen as a real threat by those that had long enjoyed their favourable position leading the pack. Palm oil was encroaching into their territory. All kinds of below-the-belt attacks were launched against palm oil. It was declared to be bad for health, unfit for human consumption and suitable for use only as grease. All forms of degrading advertisements were put up to attack palm oil especially in the US. If not for the untiring work of the palm oil captains in the country to defend it, palm oil may not be where it is today. Many still appreciate the efforts of the seven individuals, whom we call

52

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

the Magnificent Seven, who fought hard to defy the attacks on palm oil. Besides Bek-Nielsen, the others were the late Tun Lim Keng Yaik, then Primary Industries Minister, the late Toh Pang Huat, then president of the Malaysian Edible Oil Manufacturers Association, Tan Sri Dr Augustine Ong, Tan Sri Yusof Basiron (currently Malaysian Palm Oil Council chief executive officer), Rahim Zain of PORLA (Palm Oil Registration and Licensing Authority), and Raja Alias, then chairman of the Malaysian Oil Palm Growers Council. There is no denying the fact that Malaysia put palm oil in the enviable position it is today. From nowhere, palm oil now leads the other oils in the global edible oils business. It is because of this too that every year without fail, all the global palm oil players descend on Kuala Lumpur to discuss the latest trends in the market. Malaysia is still regarded as the epicentre of the world trade in palm oil. In conjunction with the recent visit of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to India, a number of announcements were made on palm oil collaboration with India. This is indeed very timely not just because India is among the largest market for palm oil but also because it is a strong believer and supporter of palm oil. In fact, India has also been exploring the feasibility of expanding its own oil palm industry. Over the years, India has been growing some oil palm in Karnataka and the nearby states. But, more importantly, India sees palm oil as the world’s solution not only in providing affordable edible oils for its population but also as an instrument of progress in the rural areas. Let us make India a strong partner in our quest to sustain the global demand for this wonderful oil. Source : The Star

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

53

TECHNOLOGY & PRODUCT NEWS

TECHNOLOGY & PRODUCT NEWS

ESSENTIAL PALM OIL Solutions for reducing 3MCPD esters and glycidyl esters from palm oil processes

Alfa Laval Neutralization

Regulatory guidelines for palm oil processing are evolving as health risks associated with the formation of 3-monochloro-1,2-propanediol, its esters (3-MCPDE), and glycidyl esters (GE) during refining come to light. As a result, Alfa Laval is working with palm oil producers to safeguard public health as well as the productivity of palm oil plants worldwide.

oil processing where significant reductions of 3-MCPDE and GE can be achieved.

Neutralization using caustic soda is widely recognized as an effective way to purify crude oils. It can remove free fatty acids from oils so that it can be deodorized at a low temperature. It also has the advantage that the soapstock formed by this process also encapsulates other impurities such as gums, pigments and trace metals. Neutralization is generally carried out using a continuous disc stack centrifuge. Once neutralization has been completed, the oil is washed. The wash water is then removed using disc stack centrifuges, and the oil is dried in a vacuum dryer.

Innovative processing solutions

• Crude palm oil washing - The Alfa Laval Crude Palm Oil (CPO) Washing Process can be installed immediately after D3 PRO Oil Clarification Process or prior to the physical refining process.

Based on proven technologies, Alfa Laval’s innovative solutions help palm oil producers mitigate process contaminants while ensuring sound operating economy as well as the taste, odour, colour, acidity, and stability of palm oil.

Prepared for future regulations Alfa Laval is working to ensure that palm oil producers can meet future regulatory requirements while maintaining premium quality palm oil. There are four focal points in palm

54

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

• D3 PRO Oil Clarification - The Alfa Laval D3 PRO Oil Clarification System eliminates the use of dilution water in the mill, which rids the process of a major source of chlorine that contributes to 3-MCPDE formation. • Neutralization - The Alfa Laval Combi Mix Neutralization Process produces refined oils with 3-MCPDE and GE content of less than 0.5ppm.

• Dual-strip technology - The Alfa Laval dual-strip technology can include the option of cooling after pre-stripping. This enables the retention, or heat bleaching, to be carried out at temperatures below 230°C (or as low a temperature as the color requirements will allow) to minimize the formation of GE, while deacidification takes place in Pre-stripper under elevated temperature but within short period.

Alfa Laval palm oil neutralization only requires short contact time. This is because palm oil has very low gums but high content of free fatty acids. Due to our vast palm oil process experience, Alfa Laval has been able to optimize acid dosing as well as accurate dosing of caustic soda with optimum caustic strength. This experience has enabled Alfa Laval to facilitate palm oil neutralization with minimum yield loss while enabling the production of premium oil with good economy.

Secure low total cost of ownership Alfa Laval solutions not only reduce 3-MCPDE and GE from refined palm oil, but also help minimize yield loss for palm oil

producers. These reliable energy-efficient, low-maintenance solutions deliver top performance, operating reliability and premium quality. This translates into low total cost of ownership and true peace of mind.

Professional, competent partners With more than 50 years of industry experience, Alfa Laval has a deep understanding of palm oil processes and vast expertise in addressing the challenges that palm oil producers face. Rest assured, we put Alfa Laval R&D resources, materials technology and specialist know-how to work for you – from processing fresh fruit bunches all the way through to quality refined palm oil.

Close to you With the Alfa Laval 360° service portfolio, support and service are always close at hand. Our global reach and local presence ensure that we can maximize the uptime, performance and operating efficiency of your Alfa Laval equipment throughout its life cycle. Please visit www.alfalaval.my or call +603 5122 2880 for more details.

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

55

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

NEW PLATFORM FOR PALM OIL PLANTATION MANAGEMENT LAUNCHED LintraMax managing director Khor Kheng Khoon said the company saw Indonesia as its next market after the product was released in Malaysia in November. “In Malaysia, we already have around 15 users,” he said during a press conference in Jakarta, adding that the company expected to have at least 100 users by the end of the year. The product, called Quarto, is a cloud-based system with software as a service (SaaS), which can combine all functions in oil palm plantation management, Khor said, adding that it was also equipped with a mapping system with a high quality of resolution.

GOVERNMENT ENCOURAGES PALM OIL FARMERS TO GROW CORN

T

he central government has encouraged palm oil farmers nationwide to plant corn across nearly one million hectares of farmland by the end of 2017, an official from the Ministry of Agriculture said.

In comparison, only 3.7 million hectares of farmland in Indonesia is used to grow corn, according to data released by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). In total, the country produced 19.6 million metric tons of corn in 2015.

Encouraging the cultivation of corn across the archipelago is the latest attempt by the government to increase local production and reduce dependency on imported crops.

For 2017, we were given a target by President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo to plant corn on one million hectares of land in use by oil palm plantations,” Dedi Junaidi said, the director general of plantation marketing and processing at the agriculture ministry, as quoted by Antaranews.com. “Planting [oil palm and corn side by side] could improve land use efficiency and increase our farmers’ productivity and income,” Dedi said. He added that the government would now provide seeds and greater quantities of subsidized fertilizer to

56

M

Indonesia’s corn imports dropped to 900,000 tons last year, compared to an annual average of 3.2 million tons in recent years, due to increased local production of the crop. farmers who agree to participate in the program. There are around 1.6 million independent palm oil farmers in Indonesia who own land and supply portions of their yield to larger plantation companies, according to Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki). Independent farmers own roughly 45 percent of Indonesia’s estimated 11-13 million hectares of land used for cultivating palm oil, according to the agriculture ministry.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Established in 2002, LintraMax has provided solution services to at least 670 plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea. Source : Jakarta Post

th e7 Th ition Ed Of

However, state officials are implementing the ambitious project cautiously in an attempt to keep the cost of local crops down. The drop in imported corn last year, for example, was coincident with an increase in wheat imports as local animal feed producers sought to substitute the former with a cheaper alternative. In the run-up to the 2014 presidential election, Jokowi campaigned on promising to make Indonesia selfsufficient in basic staple foods such as rice, corn and beef.

alaysia’s software solution provider LintraMax, in collaboration with mapping service provider Earthline, launched on Wednesday a new management system platform for palm oil plantations in Indonesia.

For the Quarto development and marketing the product in Indonesia and other countries, LintraMax received M$700,000 (US$158,013) from the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC), he said.

T H A I L A N D

2017

17-18 August 2017 CO-OP Exhibition Centre, Suratthani, Thailand

PALMEX THAILAND 2017 is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Thailand that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the major palm oil producing city of Suratthani, Thailand to showcase the latest developments in the palm oil industry.

7

Source : Jakarta Globe

www.thaipalmoil.com Call for more info

(+66) 2 513 1418

Thai Oil Palm & Palm Association

Thai Palm Oil Refinery Association

Thai Palm Oil Crushing MillAssociation

Asia Palm Oil Technology Association

Asia Palm Oil Technology Association

Asia Palm Oil Magazine

JuzTalk Thailand

Fireworks Media (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Part of The Fireworks Trade Media Group

The growing favourite.

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

INDONESIA TO LEGALIZE LAND OWNERSHIP FOR SMALL FARMERS IN PALM OIL INDUSTRY

T

he government is drafting a presidential regulation (Perpres) to legalize land ownership status for small farmers in the palm oil industry. This is according to Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil. The move aims to smoothen the implementation of a re-planting program in which small farmers, many of whom cultivate palm oil in protected forest areas, will be provided with assistance funds. However, only farmers with valid land certificates will be eligible to receive such funding. The palm oil replanting program is being carried out by the Indonesian Palm Oil Estate Fund (BPDP) as reported by tribunnews.com. Indonesia is currently the world’s largest palm oil producer and exporter. Together with Malaysia, whose total palm oil production comes in second, Indonesia account for around 85-90 percent of total global palm production. But, when speaking to reporters last Thursday (9/3) Minister Sofyan did not mention the size of the current land illegally owned by small palm oil

58

farmers. Meanwhile, Fadhil Hasan, executive director of the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki), said that the total land currently owned by small palm oil farmers only amounted to 3.8 million hectares. This accounts for about 41 percent of the country’s total of 11.3 million hectares. As much as 70 percent of the 11.3 million hectares is located in Sumatra, while the largest part of the remaining 30 percent is in Kalimantan, according to Fadhil Hasan. A 2014 data released by Ministry of Agriculture’s website showed that 51.6 percent of the country’s total palm oil plantations was owned by private investors while 6.8 percent belonged to the state. And, the remaining 41.6 percent is owned by non-private entities referred to as ‘the people’. Palm oil is one of Indonesia’s leading export commodities. Major buyers of Indonesian palm oil are India, China, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Egypt and Bangladesh. Source : Global Indonesian Voices News

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

TRACKED EXCAVATORS

WHEELED LOADING SHOVELS

BACKHOE LOADERS

TELESCOPIC HANDLERS

COMPACT EXCAVATORS

SKID STEER LOADERS

In a world of tough working conditions where everything’s hard going, JCB makes things easy. And whether you’re clearing irrigation systems, landscaping, rehandling crops or loading trucks in the yard, JCB has the perfect machine. They’re easy to operate, easy to maintain and easy to save money. Every one has been designed to be more productive for less cost. And for complete peace of mind, JCB also has the best back-up in the business. Your world is hard enough. JCB make it a whole lot easier. For more information about the JCB machine range, contact your local dealer.

www.jcb.com

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

T

he Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) is optimistic over 4,000 privately-owned oil palm estates in the country will be ready for Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification over the next couple of years. “We are targeting these estates to prepare them for MSPO certification,” its Chief Executive Officer, Harnarinder Singh, told Bernama. Recently, the government announced its proposal to make it mandatory for industry players, including smallholders, to obtain MSPO certification in stages by the end of 2019. This move is to elevate oil palm plantations, including independent and organised smallholdings, and palm oil processing facilities, to meet sustainability standards in line with international requirements. Harnarinder hopes that this will make the planters and other industry players committed towards MSPO certification. As of February 2017, 245,315 hectares (ha) of oil palm planted areas, including 3,000ha by independent smallholders and 3,868ha by organised Felda smallholders, have been certified under the MSPO Certification Scheme.

COUNCIL OPTIMISTIC OVER 4,000 PRIVATELYOWNED PALM OIL ESTATES WILL BE READY FOR MSPO CERTIFICATION 60

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

In addition, 23 mills in Johor, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan, Sabah and Sarawak have already been certified under the MSPO scheme, he said. Harnarinder pointed out that many large palm oil producing companies are interested and committed towards MSPO certification. As MSPO certification covers all aspects of the supply chain in the industry, it is necessary for smallholders and plantation estates to work closely together to qualify and be certified, said Harnarinder. “It is vital for Malaysian palm oil to be certified as this will enable the country’s product to be recognised and sold in overseas markets that demand

certified palm oil for their consumers,” he said. The MSPO Certification Scheme is the national scheme in Malaysia for sustainability certification of oil palm plantations, independent and organised smallholdings, and palm oil processing facilities. On February 24, 2017, the government made a timeline proposal with regard to mandatory compliance of the MSPO certification in stages. Oil palm entities with RSPO certification have to obtain MSPO certification by December 31, 2018, while all other plantations and entities have to be certified by June 30, 2019. For independent and organised smallholders the timeline set is December 31, 2019. Harnarinder said the MSPO certification is useful and it is an assurance to the buyers and consumers that the palm oil used in the product originated from well-managed planted areas.

What we are doing now is, in collaboration with the oil palm industry’s associations, to conduct awareness and technical briefing sessions so that their members gain a good level of understanding of the requirements of the MSPO standards and certification procedures,” he said. On challenges, Harnarinder said, MPOCC is currently taking efforts, such as creating awareness and organising programmes to garner acceptance and recognition of MSPO certification by consumers, particularly in Europe and in other key markets for Malaysian palm oil. Source : Bernama

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

61

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

PLANTATION COMPANY REMAINS OPTIMISTIC

D

PO Plantations Sdn Bhd, a newcomer in operating oil palm plantation on native customary rights (NCR) land in the state, believes it can still do well despite the current economic slowdown. Its director Paul Jong said the company was leveraging from the lower cost of hiring plantation equipment and machinery. “The price of palm oil is quite sustainable now. “Due to the economic downturn, machinery and equipment have not been fully utilised by other sectors. “Thus, we can develop our plantation at a lower cost and achieve cost effectiveness in our operations,” he told reporters after presenting the second upfront payment to 115

62

participating landowners of its Loba Bunut plantation. Jong said at lower costs, the company was optimistic of making higher profits from this venture.

With higher profits, participating landowners will gain from dividends payment,” Jong said. DPO Plantation is a subsidiary of public-listed Asia Media Group Bhd. Jong said the company would expand its oil palm plantation project to other areas in Sarawak after Loba Bunut, which is located in the outskirts of Bintangor. ‘We are negotiating with the state government to expand to other areas. We hope to be given more areas for

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

development eventually,” he added. The 1,921ha Loba Bunut plantation is a 60-year-term joint-venture between DPO Plantation, in which holds a 60% stake, landowners (30%) and Land Custody and Development Authority (10%). The company settled the first upfront payment in January. The second upfront payment comprised cash and Assar unit trust totalling RM143,236.80. The Chief Minister’s political secretary Romeo Christopher Tigong advised the landowners to work closely with DPO Plantation for a win-win situation. He said landowners not only get good returns from their land but the venture had also created job opportunities for them. Source : The Star

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

THE PLANTER’S CORNER

T

he debate surrounding the palm oil sector’s sustainability is moving from the environment to focusing on social issues, say industry practitioners at a conference in Singapore last week.

64

Rashyid Redza Anwarudin, vicepresident and head of sustainability reporting and social performance at Malaysian plantation owner and palm oil giant Sime Darby commented: “What we’ve seen in the last three years is a shift from an interest in the palm oil sector’s environmental issues to social issues. There is more interest in how Sime Darby is performing in human rights, sexual harassment and management of foreign workers.” Noting a similar increase in pressure over social and labour issues, Wilmar International’s general manager group sustainability, Perpetua George, credited it to the progress made in environmental conservation.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

farms are usually run by families with planted oil palm area of less than 50 ha, according to industry group Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.

The governor of South Sumatra, Alex Noerdin, was also in attendance and stole headlines with his bold promise that there would be no haze from South Sumatra this year.

Smallholders are often blamed for the slash-and-burn practices that result in the haze, and Lee Chen Chen, director of policy programmes, SIIA, pointed out that smallholders usually have the least access to resources, technology and finance.

“The dry season this year will be longer compared with 2015, but I guarantee there is no fire, no haze, anymore,” he said to applause from the 300-strong audience. Indonesia’s fire and haze crisis of 2015 saw widespread fires across the country, costing billions of dollars’ worth in damages, health problems and livelihoods in the country and its neighbours such as Malaysia and Singapore.

HAS THE CONVERSATION ABOUT PALM OIL MOVED FROM ENVIRONMENT TO PEOPLE? Cleaning up the oil palm industry’s supply chains must go beyond environmental impact to the workforce. Fair working conditions and better lives for smallholders must be front and centre, say industry leaders.

Resources, Wan Junaidi Bin Tuanku Jaafar, and Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli.

A check on Global Forest Watch Fires’ fire-mapping tool, however, shows there were five hotspots in South Sumatra over the last 48 hours at press time. Hotspots on a map indicate areas where temperatures are higher than normal, and have been used to identify forest or plantation fires. Noerdin’s pledge is in line with Indonesian president Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s tough stance on the haze. In the aftermath of the 2015 air pollution crisis, Jokowi pledged to eradicate the problem within three years.

She said that while deforestation was a relatively well understood issue, labour exploitation was “undefined” by comparison. “Social and labour issues are gaining prominence now because we have made strides in the oil palm industry with regards to deforestation and better planning,” commented George. She added that labour issues are a growing global concern, especially in industries that involve rural areas, poverty and unskilled labour, such as palm oil. George went on to announce that Wilmar, the world’s biggest palm oil producer, has joined forces with fair labour non-profit organisation Verite to

find scalable solutions to address labour abuses in its supply chain. This comes after the Singaporelisted company became the subject of a hard-hitting Amnesty International report highlighting Dickensian working conditions at two of its subsidiaries and three suppliers. Both speakers gave their comments on a panel discussion at the fourth Singapore Dialogue on Sustainable World Resources conference last week. Organised by think tank Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the conference was attended by Malaysia’s Minister of Natural

Panellists at the event agreed that Indonesia has made headway in tackling the haze problem by enforcing strict legislation against companies linked to slash-and-burn practices, issuing a moratorium on cultivating carbon-rich peatland and establishing a Peatland Restoration Agency to restore some 2 million hectares (ha) of the country’s scorched peatlands.

EVERY SMALLHOLDER COUNTS To prevent the return of the haze, palm oil firms in Malaysia and Indonesia have to ensure that the smallholder farmers who work the land are on board with sustainability practices, though certification is not necessarily the only way forward, said panellists. Accounting for 40 per cent of global palm oil production, smallholder

Denys Collin Munang, chief international business officer of Malaysia’s Felda Global Ventures Holdings, said that considering the significant costs of meeting sustainability standards, it made more sense for smallholders to focus on adopting basic sustainable agricultural practices first rather than pursue certification. Felda is the world’s third largest oil palm estate operator.

He added that current levels of demand for sustainable palm oil were not strong enough to incentivise smallholders. “While the industry provides 12 million tonnes of certified sustainable palm oil a year, only 8 million was actually purchased as certified palm oil. The rest was sold as ordinary palm oil.” Echoing this sentiment was Kelvin Tio, managing director of Indonesian palm oil giant Asian Agri, who said: “We strongly believe we can only drive smallholders to sustainability when they have achieved a certain level of livelihood.” Plasma or schemed smallholders - farmers with contracts with larger plantations and mills - are usually more likely to adopt sustainability standards, said Tio. “But we need to be mindful that there are still 3.8 million ha of plantation farmed by independent smallholders, and it’s not logical to force the same standards of sustainability on them.” Felda’s Denys also took issue with the European Union’s ruling that all palm oil imported from 2020 must be certified sustainable. Oil palm cultivation makes up

April - June 2017 | ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE

65

THE PLANTER’S CORNER only 5.5 per cent of the 260 million hectares ha of agricultural land used to grow edible oils around the world, he pointed out, before suggesting: “Why does Europe not pass a ruling to require other edible oils to be sustainability compliant to get into Europe?” But Satya Tripathi, chief executive of Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility, called such comparisons a “false dichotomy”.

If private capital can be directed to projects that take environmental factors into account, projects that engage in unsustainable business practices will be starved of credit. This will help to gradually shift the business landscape towards more sustainable practices.

“Talking about X commodity versus Y commodity is sad. Everything we consume has to be sustainable,” he said on the same panel, a comment that was met with generous applause.

ASIA’S ONLY PALM OIL INDUSTRY & TECHNOLOGY NEWS MAGAZINE

- Masagos Zulkifli Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources

FINANCE AS A CATALYST? Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, highlighted in his keynote that the finance sector can be used as a lever for change.

A Publication of:

“If private capital can be directed to projects that take environmental factors into account, projects that engage in unsustainable business practices will be starved of credit. This will help to gradually shift the business landscape towards more sustainable practices,” he said. To build an understanding of what sustainable financing could look like, SIIA is collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme and local regulator the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) in a new initiative on green finance. Announced during the conference, it includes the release of a report in November that details recommendations on how the finance sector can improve and that could provide a foundation for more sustainability-related rules. Said SIIA’s Lee: “MAS may consider codifying the final recommendations into regulations - at the very least we are hoping that this report is the first step in the right direction for sustainable finance.” The Singapore-based think tank also unveiled the executive summary of its special report, “Peatland Management and Rehabilitation in Southeast Asia: Moving from Conflict to Collaboration”, which was written following a regional workshop on peatland management in Jakarta last October.

South East Asia Circulations Reach Out to Qualified Leaders & Key Decision Makers! Quarterly Publication

The report examines current approaches to managing peatlands in Southeast Asia, and highlights potential areas of collaboration for companies, governments and civil society organisations. Commenting on Indonesia’s progress in this area, Lee said she is “cautiously optimistic”.

FBI PUBLICATIONS (M) SDN BHD Suite 5, W505, West Wing, Metropolitan Square, No 2, Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Tel: +603-7493 5947 Fax: +603-7493 5977

“However, we also recognise that much remains to be done in terms of enforcement of regulations, education, and creating a long-term shift in opinion in terms of how peatland should be used.” Source : Eco-Business

66

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Email: [email protected]fireworksbi.com

Website: www.asia-palmoil.com

EVENT HIGHLIGHT

WELCOME MESSAGE

A

rising from the feedback from OFIC 2016 (Oils & Fats International Congress 2016), it was reported that rate of yield increase is of major concern when compared with competing annual crops while research has shown that the palm oil yield at research plots and certain plantations is promising.

With that in mind MOSTA took the initiative to arrange for seminar cum field excursion to disseminate the latest research results and technology breakthroughs through the experienced and knowledgeable speakers, and at the same time visiting high yielding estates so as to share their knowhow. The seminar will be held on 12 & 13 September 2017, and covers the following:• • •

Company

Session 1 : Site Characteristics Session 2 : Physiology and Pre-conditions for High Yields Session 3 : Amelioration and optimisation of Growing – Conditions – Agronomic Practices • Session 4 : Amelioration and Optimisation of Growing Conditions – Agronomic Practices • Session 5 : Impact of Genomic Research • Session 6 : Applications of New Technologies • Session 7 : Advances in Mechanisation • : _______________________________________________ Session 8 : Sustaining High Productivity in Oil Palm E-mail : _________________________________________ • Session 9 : Panel Discussion Day 3 will be Field Excursion to high yielding estate.

MALAYSIAN OIL SCIENTISTS’ & TECHNOLOGISTS’ ASSOCIATION (MOSTA) Oil Palm Best Practices Workshop 2017 Theme: “RECIPE FOR HIGH, SUSTAINABLE OIL PALM YIELDS”

Dates : 12 – 14 September 2017 Venue: Kinta Riverfront Hotel, Ipoh, Perak Day 1 & Day 2 - Seminar cum Panel Discussion Sessions Day 3 - Field Excursion: Lower Perak Estates

The personnel managing oil palm plantations both local and overseas should seize this golden opportunity to improve the productivity of their plantations. Please don’t procrastinate, register now!

Organised by:

With warm regards Yours sincerely

Please send the completed form to MOSTA Secretariat at the following

Academician Emeritus Prof Tan Sri Datuk Dr Augustine S H Ong President, MOSTA Chairman, Agronomy Workshop 2017

68

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

Sponsored by:

Media Partner:

EVENT HIGHLIGHT

RM4.5MIL UP FOR GRABS IN PALM OIL COMPETITION

I

nnovative minds from all over the world are invited to compete in the International Competition on Oil Palm Mechanisation (ICOPM). It carries a grand prize of US$1mil (RM4.46mil). This will be the 100th year special edition of the competition. This year’s competition, which opened yesterday, is held in conjunction with the 100th-year anniversary of the commercialisation of the Malaysian palm oil industry, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (pic).

We are doing a series of events to celebrate this and one of these is to find innovations for the industry,” said Mah. He added that the main purpose of ICOPM is to find innovations for the machines and for field operations in oil palm plantations.

70

“The invention should be practical and cost-effective. “If you look now, some are still using manual tools, (so) we want the new tool to be user-friendly and we can increase workers’ productivity with it,” he said. Mah said that finalists would receive grants to develop their prototypes and complete their research. The finalists must however ensure their prototypes can be used in the oil palm plantations. Apart from the US$1mil (RM4.46mil) grand prize money, those showing outstanding innovation and creativity can be in the run to win US$130,000 (RM579,440) prize money in three categories. These categories, he said, are Harvesting Technology; Loose-fruit Collection Technology, and Fresh Fruit Bunch Evacuation Technology. He said that the organiser of ICOPM – the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) – would set up a panel of experts to

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

judge the entries. The closing date for entries is May 12. Those wanting more information can visit www.mpob.gov.my. Mah said the ministry had also presented the performance of the commodity industry for the year 2016 to the Cabinet. He said commodities were the country’s biggest net export last year at RM91bil. “The commodity industry is important to the country’s economy and we want to increase its productivity,” he said. Mah added that the commodity industry’s export figure in 2016 was at RM122bil, a RM5bil increase from RM117bil in 2015 “Today the Cabinet has directed the ministry to find new countries to sell our commodities. We don’t want to depend on just one or two countries,” he said. Source : The Star

TH E 9 ON H T ITI ED OF

7

6th INDONESIA INTERNATIONAL PALM OIL CONFERENCE 2017

EVENT HIGHLIGHT

WORKING TO IMPROVE THE PALM OIL INDUSTRY

Palm Oil Events List 2017 Riau Palm Oil Expo 2017 date : 26th-27th July 2017 venue : SKA Co Ex (Swiss-bel Hotel SKA Pekanbaru), Pekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia web : www.riaupalmoil.com email : [email protected]

T H A I L A N D

2017

alaysian Palm Oil Board launched a worldwide competition that offers a US$1mil (RM4.5mil) grand prize in addition to cash prizes totalling US$130,000 (RM585,000).

Malaysian palm oil as sustainably produced and safe.

There is no doubt that the industry is a socioeconomic force in Malaysia.

“We know that certification takes time but we need people to start getting on board,” said Mah during the press conference.

It is important that the palm oil industry re¬¬mains competitive always and that means it must keep doing better in productivity and sustainability.

The objective is to find innovative machines that can improve how work gets done in oil palm plantations.

“The ministry will be getting the financial incentives ready in June to help the industry with the certification process.”

Boosting productivity matters because it is the best way to increase output without having to open up new plantations.

The competition and the certification scheme are key moves by Malaysia to address the two biggest challenges faced by our palm oil industry: the need to raise productivity and the allegations that the industry harms wildlife, communities and the environment.

And that brings us to the issue of sustainability.

M

At the event, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said the winning inventions should be practical and costeffective so that there would be less reliance on labour-intensive methods when harvesting, collecting and handling oil palm fruits. “If you look now, some are still using manual tools. So we want the new tools to be user-friendly,” he said. He added that the Government wanted to improve worker productivity in the industry. On Friday, Mah told reporters that by the end of 2019, it would be mandatory for local companies to comply with the Malaysian Sus¬tainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification scheme, which requires oil palm growers and palm oil processors to meet certain sustainability standards. This is a move towards branding

72

This year is the third time that the International Competition on Oil Palm Mechanisation has been organised, but the 2017 instalment is particularly meaningful because it was a century ago that oil palm was first planted here as a commercial crop. There will be many other events to mark the centenary. Indeed, there is much to celebrate considering how much the palm oil industry has grown since 1917. It contributes between 5% and 6% of the country’s gross domestic product and is a major source of export earnings.

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

The Government and the industry have long been battling campaigns that accuse oil palm growers of practices that cause environmental and social damage to the country. There is no shortage of government initiatives on these two fronts. But such work can be undone or impeded when the black sheep in the industry refuse to change their ways. The palm oil industry has done remarkably well to become what it is today. To ensure this good run continues, the players must show that they will never sacrifice planet for profit, and that they are always looking to do better. Source : The Star

PALMEX Thailand 2017 date : 17th-18th August 2017 venue : CO-OP Exhibition Centre, Surat Thani, Thailand web : www.thaipalmoil.com email : [email protected]

PALMEX Indonesia 2017 date : 3rd-5th October 2017 venue : Santika Premiere Dyandra, Medan Indonesia web : www.palmoilexpo.com email : [email protected]

PALMEX Latin America 2016 date : 30th November – 1st December 2017 web : www.palmoilcolombia.com email : [email protected]

Malaysia Palm Oil Expo 2017 (MAPEX 2017) date : 24th -26th July 2018 venue : Sibu Trade and Exhibition Centre (STEC), Sarawak, Malaysia web : www.asiapalm.com email : [email protected]

ADVERTISER INDEX

ADVERTISER INDEX PAGE ADVERTISERS

WEBSITE

15 CHEP Pallecon Solutions (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

www.chep.com/pallecon

29 Eurostar Tractors (M) Sdn Bhd

www.eurostartractors.com

41 Climate Energy Sdn Bhd

www.climateenergy.net

67 FBI Publications (M) Sdn Bhd

www.asia-palmoil.com

45 Felda Palm Industries Sdn Bhd

feldaglobal.com

51 Green Lagoon Technology Sdn Bhd

www.glt.my

25 HA-US Santrifuj Teknolojileri SanTic Ltd Sti

www.haus.com.tr

09 Jasa Aman Engineering Sdn Bhd (Prime Steam Turbine)

www.jasaaman.com

59 JCB South East Asia

www.jcb.com

23 JJ-Lurgi Engineering Sdn Bhd

www.jj-lurgi.com

11 Kejuruteraan Wang Yuen Sdn Bhd

13 Mastech City Engineering (M) Sdn Bhd

[email protected]

63 Nantong Ant Machinery Co. Ltd

www.antcn.cn

69 Malaysian Oil Scientists’ & Technologists’ Association (MOSTA) IBC Oiltek Sdn Bhd

19 Orion Biosains Sdn Bhd

71 PALMEX Indonesia 2017

71 PALMEX Latin America 2017 57 PALMEX Thailand 2017 37 PMT Indstries Sdn Bhd

21 Riau Palm Oil Expo 2017

05 Taner Industrial Technology (M) Sdn Bhd

03/ IFC/ OBC YKL Engineering Sdn Bhd

www.mosta.org.my

www.oiltek.com.my

www.orionbiosains.com www.palmoilexpo.com

www.palmoilcolombia.com www.thaipalmoil.com www.pmt-grp.com

www.riaupalmoil.com www.taner.com.my

www.yklgroup.com.my

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING OFFICE

74

MALAYSIA | FBI Publications (M) Sdn Bhd W505, West Wing, Metropolitan Square, No.2 Jalan PJU 8/1, Damansara Perdana, 47820 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Tel: (+603) 7493 5947 Fax: (+603) 7493 5977 Email: [email protected]

THAILAND | Fireworks Business Information Promphan 2 Office & Residence, 8th Floor (Office Zone, Room 807) 1 Soi Lat Phrao 3, Lat Phrao Road, Jompol, Chatuchak, Bangkok 10900 Tel: (+66) 2513 1418 Fax: (+66) 2513 1419 Email: [email protected]

SINGAPORE | Fireworks Business Information 1 Scotts Road, #24-10, Shaw Centre Singapore 228208 Tel: (+65) 3152 6851 Fax: (+65) 3152 0253 Email: [email protected]

INDONESIA | Fireworks Business Information The Central 88 Kemayoran. Komplek Kota Baru, Bandar Kemayoran Blok D No 308. Jakarta Utara 14410, Indonesia Tel: (+6621) 2605 1028/ 2605 1029 Email: [email protected]

ASIA PALM OIL MAGAZINE | April - June 2017

YKL ENGINEERING SDN. BHD. YTH AGRI-TECHNOLOGY SDN. BHD. PT. YKL INDONESIA FFB Treatment & Hard Bunch Solution Series

Heavy Duty FFB60 / Splitter Model : KH-7

Hard Bunch Separator & Crusher Model : KH-12C

Hard Bunch Separator Model : KH-12

Empty Fruit Bunch Series

Heavy Duty EFB Shredder Model : KH-77 / KH-77-12

Heavy Duty EFB Press Model : KH-777

Heavy Duty & High Capacity EFB Press Model : KH-777-12

Heavy Duty EFB Long Fibre Press Model : KH-777-15

Kernel Crushing Plant Series

Automated Seed Pressing Machine Model : YTH-9.15S

Hydraulic Control Crude Oil Filter Press Model : YTH-7.40

Heavy Duty Hammermill / Pulverizer Model : YTH-7.100

FFB Treatment

Desludging & Dewatering System

Screw Press Desludging & Dewatering Machine Model : KSP403

Rotary Drum Dehydration Belt Filter Press Model : YH-1500L

Desludging

HB Solution

1200MT KCP

Biomass Plant

For More Information, please contact us at : Headquarter

Branches

Lot 663, Bt. 10, Kampung Paya Panjang, 84300 Bukit Pasir, Muar, Johor, Malaysia.

Sandakan Branch : Batu 10, Jalan Gereja Off Jalan Labuk, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia.

(Johor, West Malaysia)

Tel

: +606-9859 155, +606-9857 518, +606-9859 076 : +606-9857 567, Fax +606-9857 576 Email : [email protected] Website: www.yklgroup.com.my

(Sabah, East Malaysia)

Tel & Fax: +6089-563 388 Email : [email protected]

(Sarawak, East Malaysia)

Bintulu Branch : Lot 3134, Block 26, Kemena Land District, Kidurong Light Industrial Estate, P.O. Box 2262, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia. Tel : +6086-252 421 Fax : +6086-252 429 Email: [email protected]

(Jakarta, Indonesia)

Jalan Baru Pemda, Kawasan Industri Millenium, Jl.Millenium IV A-24 No.6-7-8, Cikupa - Tangerang 15710, Indonesia. Tel

: +6221-2900 6927, +6221-2900 6937 Fax : +6221-2900 6898 Email: [email protected]

TURNKEY PROJECTS

Oil Recovery System

Loading...

outlook - asia-palmoil.com

Vol. 6 No. 1, Apr - June 2017 BRIGHTER OUTLOOK CELEBRATING COMMERCIAL PLANTING YEARS OF I N M A L AY S I A FOR PALM OIL IN 2017 PALM BIODIESEL:...

11MB Sizes 12 Downloads 31 Views

Recommend Documents

Outlook 5-04.qxd - Kensington Outlook
May 2, 2004 - dents from Kensington Hilltop Elementary school to portable classrooms on the Portola. Middle School campu

An Outsider's Kashmir - Outlook Traveller - Outlook India
Nov 1, 2016 - This June, I planned my trip with a good load of guilt. ... I did realise after a while in Srinagar that c

Yale Outlook - Outlook - Office 365 - Microsoft Office
No information is available for this page.Learn why

Economic Outlook
The Economic Outlook provides CMIE's view on the Indian economy. It interprets new data releases continuously; provides

Patriot League Spring Outlook | Patriot League Spring Outlook 2017
Mar 3, 2017 ... (STATS) - The 2016 Patriot League season wasn't exactly defined by nail-biting games. 2018 Patriot Leagu

Indonesia Healthcare Outlook - Pharmexcil
Nov 3, 2016 - Section. Slide Numbers. Pharmaceutical Market in Indonesia. 80. • Indonesian Pharmaceutical Market—Ove

Embraer industry outlook
Darrell playmobil haus anleitung 3965 parley rent and turfiest exhaust or she meets interlaminates optimistically. Chomp

outlook spamfilter - AU Medarbejdere
Hvis der er e-mails man ikke har modtaget, kan man undersøge, om de er blevet fanget i Outlook's spam-filter. Hvis de e

Rvcc outlook webmail - Mecomer
CENTRIX University & Information Technology RVCC Outlook Email, , rvc outlook login, rvc outlook webmail, rvcc outlook,

Annual Energy Outlook - EIA
Apr 1, 2017 - labor markets and the cost and availability of fuel or energy resources such as windy sites. For example,