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Minister: M’sia needs to produce own animal feed
Friday, April 20th, 2018 at News
By FARA AISYAH / Pic By AFIF ABD HALIM



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Malaysia needs to produce its own animal feed for the livestock industry to remain self-sufficient, while reducing dependency on imported agricultural products.

“Even when we are producing our own poultry, we are importing almost 100% of the feed,” Agriculture and Agrobased Industry (MoA) Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said at the Livestock Asia 2018 opening ceremony in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

“Apart from raising producing capacity of corn, for example, we need to have other options such as using palm kernel cake as we produce our own palm trees,” he added.

He said it will also reduce around 30% to 40% of the country’s dependency on imported animal feed.

According to Ahmad Shabery, poultry is one of the fastest growing segments of the Malaysia’s agricultural sector — contributing to 75% of the RM10 billion livestock industry in the country.

He further said currently, Malaysia’s self-sufficiency of poultry products is at 125%.

“The poultry segment is the fastest growing, followed by fishery products which is almost reaching 100% of self-sufficiency; meat products is still low at around 20%, while dairy products is around 50%. There is still room of improvement in our industry,” Ahmad Shabery added.

“We export only poultry products and eggs — around 20% from the 125% — and only to neighbouring countries, for example, Singapore. We should produce and export more as trade can strengthen our currency.”

Ahmad Shabery said producing the country’s own livestock products will provide sufficient food at an affordable price, apart from creating more job opportunities for the people.

Although Malaysia is self-sufficient in poultry and eggs since the early ‘80s, the industry is facing challenges such as the soaring global price of imported feed ingredients.

Other challenges include consumer concerns over the safety of poultry products, the threat of emerging diseases, as well as environmental and animal welfare issues associated with poultry production.

Ahmad Shabery said the poultry industry must re-orientate itself to meet the challenges of a market-driven world.

He also said these challenges need to be addressed to ensure that the poultry industry is sustainable and continues to contribute significantly to the national food security.

Livestock Asia 2018 is an ongoing collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia, MoA, with the support of the Department of Fisheries Malaysia and industry associations Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia, among others.

The exhibition’s ninth edition targets RM200 million in transaction value, which is growing about 20% from the previous event, as well as to draw 7,000 of domestic and foreign trade visitors and delegates
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UMS inks MOU towards industrial relevance
20th April, 2018
By MOHD IZHAM B. HASHIM


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KOTA KINABALU: In the initiative to bolster ties with industry partners, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) yesterday inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Malaysia Timber industry Board (MTIB) to deepen university-industry training cooperation.

UMS Vice Chancellor Professor Datuk Dr. Kamarudin D. Mudin said the MTIB will become the Industry Lead Body (ILB) in providing guidance and assistance in the field of timber expertise and provide a more conducive, learning experience for students enrolled for industry training.

The MOU will enhance cooperation between the university and the MTIB to facilitating the 3u1i (3 years University + 1 year industry) training programme aimed at enhancing the employability of graduates and further enhancing the quality of timber industries.

“This collaboration aims to enhance student’s industrial training placement and gain high-level skills with hands-on learning opportunities while being off campus or taking on first-hand challenges provided by their respective industry partners,” he said in his keynote address at the signing ceremony.

Kamarudin added the 3u1i training module is in line with the National Education Plan 2015-2025 which provides academic programme which includes 2u2i ( 2years university +2 years industry) and the 3u1i which was introduced by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in 2016.

“The 3u1i programme is a new work-based learning approach which offers a more rewarding experience for students from increased industry exposure and engagement,” he said.

The Timber Technology and Industry course will be among the courses available at the Faculty of Science and Natural Resources which will be implementing the first university-industry collaboration module in the university.

Meanwhile, MTIB director-general Dato’ Dr Jalaludin Harun described the MTIB-UMS agreement as a ‘pivotal step’ in the right direction to enhance the quality of human capital among university graduates, and help the industry improve competitiveness and support the growth of Malaysia’s timber industry.

“It is the government’s main endeavour to develop professional, highly-skilled and competent workforce consisting of students from higher education institutions to accelerate the nation’s transformation to a knowledge-based economy from one based on production,” he said.

To spur optimal and efficient resource management, Dr Jalaludin called for more attention to building quality human resource capital equipped with the right knowledge, skills, competencies and having positive mindset through education and training.

“The National Timber Industry outlined seven strategic thrusts and one component touches on the development of human resources, an important criterion for the timber industry which needs skilled, proficient workers not only in operations and factory management but also automation, design and technical expertise,” he said.
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Malaysian timber expects export rise
24th April, 2018


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KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) expects timber exports to grow by five per cent this year from RM23.22 billion last year, said its Director-General, Datuk Dr Jalaluddin Harun.

He said this would be supported by high demand, especially in the furniture sector, due to the SuperBumi programme for Bumiputra entrepreneurs and the Muar Furniture City, which was launched early this month.

“Last year, the timber exports recorded five per cent growth compared to 2016 and the furniture sector recorded 6.4 per cent growth.

“We know that Malaysia’s position as the world’s eighth largest furniture exporter in 2016 fell to ninth last year. The board will ensure the industry’s growth will continue,” he said at a media briefing in conjunction with the launch of Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) Timber Design Competition 2018 here Monday.

FELDA Chairman, Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, launched the competition.

Jalaluddin said currently there were about 3,540 timber-based product manufacturers and two sectors that were the major contributors in the timber industry were furniture and structural construction.

He said to ensure that wood products continued to be accepted in the global marketplace, they should be highlighted as environment friendly, sustainable and of high quality.

The products must also adhere to the standards and requirements to help the industry remain competitive, he said.

“We also aim to produce high-quality products which have high value-added using high local expertise and resources and not just as reproduction products,” he said. –Bernama
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Malaysia aims to double its urban farming communities to 20,000 by 2020
By SERI NOR NADIAH KORIS and HIDAYATUL AKMAL AHMAD - April 22, 2018 @ 11:32pm



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PUCHONG: The government aims to create 20,000 urban farming communities around the country by the year 2020.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said to date there are around 11,000 urban farming communities around the country.

“Urban farming is a government initiative programme to ensure a complete food supply chain and beef up food security in the country,” he said after launching the ‘Program Sentuhan Kasih Tani-Pertanian Bandar 2.0.’

He said the urban farming concept would give good impact to everyone as they get to have continuous supplies for their own basic needs such as chilies, lemon, lemongrass and others.

“From my point of view urban farming can help reduce the cost of living.

“This can happen when the urban communities start to take advantage of small vacant spaces around their homes,” he said at a press conference at Sekolah Menengah Puchong Perdana here today.

“It can be done when people take advantage of small plots of land at their homes.”

Also present at the event was the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) management agency chairman Datuk Dr Satim Diman.

Shabery also urged Mardi to make Puchong as a model for urban farming communities in the country.

Seperately, Ahmad Shabery also expressed his gratitude to be named as the candidate for the Kemaman Parliament seat for the 14th general election (GE-14)

“I believe that this is my responsibility to serve not only my community in Kemaman but also the fishermen and farmers around the country.

He said the decision made by the Umno Supreme Council was based on several considerations and evaluation by the people.

“I believe that the decision is made is due to certain considerations and the people should look at a broader context as this country needs a stable government from a strong party.
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KL Kepong to buy 95pc stake in Indonesian oil palm planter
By Bernama - April 25, 2018 @ 10:23pm


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KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) is acquiring a 95 per cent stake in Indonesia’s PT Putra Bongan Jaya (PBJ) from PT REA Kaltim Plantations for RM296.4 million.

The principle activities of PBJ are the establishment and operation of palm oil plantations and participation in the crude vegetable oil industry.


In a filing to Bursa Malaysia today, KLK said the valuation of PBJ’s land and plantation on a 100 per cent basis amounted to US$80 million (RM312 million).

“The proposed acquisition is a unique opportunity for KLK to acquire a company with brownfield oil palm plantation.

“It is also in line with the company’s business direction to expand our plantation landbank,” it said.

KLK said the proposed acquisition was expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2018, and the exercise would be funded by a combination of the company’s existing cash reserves and bank borrowings.

“The proposed acquisition is not expected to have any material effect on the group’s earnings for the financial year ending Sept 30, 2018, but it is anticipated to contribute positively to our future earnings,” it said
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RM1.2 billion takeover saves jobs for 1,500 paper mill workers in Sipitang
By Olivia Miwil - May 7, 2018 @ 7:27pm


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SIPITANG: A RM1.2 billion takeover has saved the jobs of about 1,500 workers at ailing India-owned pulp and paper mill Sabah Forest Industries Sdn Bhd here.

The takeover by Pelangi Prestasi Sdn Bhd entails the transfer of all SFI assets, land titles and timber licences and is made possible by strong support of the Sabah state government.

The takeover was announced by the Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman at an event organised by Yayasan Sabah at the Esplanade, Sipitang this morning.

The Sabah government has been proactive in resolving the issue by looking for suitable investors to take over SFI, which was owned by India-based Ballarpur Industries Ltd.

“The move is seen as a good example of smart government-private sector partnership that will bring mutual benefits to all parties involved, particularly the community in Sipitang.

“To the people of Sipitang, SFI is not just another company operating in the area but also serves as the economic back-bone to the community there, where its closure could certainly have an adverse effect on the livelihood of the people,” said Musa.

SFI is one of Malaysia’s largest timber growers and wood processors.

It reportedly manages a forest estate totaling 288,000 hectares, pulp and paper manufacturing facilities, and an integrated timber complex consisting of a saw mill and a veneer and plywood factory.

Ballarpur acquired Sabah Forest in 2007, marking the first overseas acquisition by an Indian paper company.

The takeover is targeted to be completed by end of this year.

While the exercise will retain all SFI workforce, Pelangi Prestasi has also given its commitment to undertaking workers’ back-wages, providing training and support as well as enhancing access to basic amenities.

The workers are currently under the temporary layoff scheme since early this year.

The exercise is also expected to contribute further to the local socio-economic development via creation of about 3,000 employment opportunities and other economic spill-over effects.

Upon completion of the takeover, the new owner plans to restart SFI’s pulp and paper mill operations.

For the next five years, it will focus on sustainable development of the forest concession area to maximise value through integrated processing and diversification of products.
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Netherlands offers trade opportunities for M'sian timber manufacturers
By Bernama - May 30, 2018 @ 8:28pm


Netherlands Ambassador to Malaysia, Karin Mossenlechner.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The booming economy and rising demand for certified timber products in the Netherlands have enhanced trade opportunities for Malaysian timber manufacturers, said the Malaysian Timber Council (MTC).

In a statement, the council said Malaysia-Netherlands economic relations had seen an upward trend in recent years and interest was growing among the Dutch business community.

"The recent acceptance by the Netherlands of the Malaysian Timber Certification Scheme under its public procurement policy for sustainable timber and its vast need for certified timber products to meet the rising demand of its housing sector have prompted the Dutch government to further seek business collaboration here, " it said

The Netherlands was also well-known for its spatial town planning and green construction methods which Malaysia could capitalise on and learn from, it added.

Recently, MTC had jointly organised a trade-related seminar entitled "The Netherlands: Your Base for Malaysian Timber and Wood Products Exports to Europe" with the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.

The seminar, officiated by the Netherlands Ambassador to Malaysia Karin Mossenlechner, brought together key speakers from the Netherlands who spoke on investment opportunities, facilities and incentives provided by the Dutch government.

"The Dutch people like natural products such as timber. Just as much as we are here to encourage Malaysian timber-based manufacturers to invest in Holland, we also see Malaysia as an excellent gateway to the ASEAN region," Mossenlechner said.

The Netherlands is Malaysia's second largest trading partner in timber after the United Kingdom.

The country imports about 30 per cent of certified timber products from Malaysia, making it the largest importer of Malaysian certified timber and timber products.

In 2017, Malaysia exported RM435 million worth of timber and timber products to the Netherlands
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Sabah
RM534.6 mln for agriculture sector
November 10, 2018, Saturday


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KOTA KINABALU: A total of RM534.85 million will be allocated in the 2019 State Budget to develop the agriculture sector.

Additionally, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said the Sabah Government would also allocate another RM142.89 million to the Agriculture Department to continue and increase sub-sectorial crops in Sabah.

He added that the purpose of the allocation was for the development of crops; extension of services; research and development; training; accreditation and programmes related to Good Agricultural Practice for myGAP and myOrganic certification; enforcement and quarantine; farm entrepreneurs and downstream industries; subsidies as well as incentive for producing agricultural produce.

He said that focus would be given on increasing food crops production, particularly rice, fruits and vegetables.

Aside from that, he said the government would also focus on the planting of MD2 Pineapple, MATAG and Tacunan coconut, pisang Sabah and Musang King Durian as these crops have potential in local and export markets.

Similarly, cash crops such as sweet potatoes, peanuts and coffee were also given emphasis to meet the needs of the people and local processing industries such as the renowned “Kopi Tenom”.

And to overcome the scarcity of land for agricultural use, he said the government would develop more Permanent Food Production Parks.

In addition to three already in existent, he said the government planned to start the operation of the park in Masilou in Kundasang next year.

Shafie said that the Sabah Government would also allocate RM19.24 million to manage and implement rural agricultural development programmes under the Rural Development Corporation (KPD) next year.

He said that the allocation was needed to continue the implementation of 24 development projects involving 3,517 project participants throughout Sabah next year.

The Sabah Rubber Industry Board has also been allocated RM35.16 million to manage and implement rubber development programmes next year.

He said that the agency would develop new areas for planting and replanting involving 5,016 hectares of land and 1,483 smallholders throughout Sabah next year
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“Besides that, the board will also continue the maintenance of rubber plantation areas which had been developed in 2014 to 2018 with a total area of 23,076 hectares involving 7,484 smallholders,” he said.

The government will also allocate RM34.81 million to the Fisheries Department and RM12.9 million to Ko-Nelayan next year.

The allocation will be used to develop fisheries commodities, including the production of freshwater fish and marine seed; the management and protection of fishery resources; monitoring and extension services; R&D; training, certification; enforcement and quarantine and others, he said.
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FGV, DCE sign MoU to expand regionally
November 15, 2018, Thursday


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KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dalian Commodity Exchange (DCE) to collaborate in the implementation of DCE’s Palm Oil Internationalisation Project.

The DCE, the world’s largest agriculture, plastics, coal, iron ore futures bourse, aims to increase cooperation with palm oil companies in the Belt and Road countries, to expand palm oil futures delivery regionally.

The MoU focuses on services offered by Felda Johor Bulkers Sdn Bhd (FJB), a subsidiary of FGV.

Furthermore, FGV is also required to provide support for DCE’s research in the palm oil futures and spot markets in Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as promote bilateral cooperation between the two parties.

According to its press statement, the collaboration could potentially contribute an estimated RM1.5 million in revenue, with profitability of RM525,000 per month, based on throughput projection of 50,000 MT.

“I am confident that with this collaboration, FGV will be able to work with DCE to grow beyond China and to support its plans to accelerate the process of delivering physical palm oil to buyers,” said FGV chairman, Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid.

FJB has extensive experience in the bulking business with over 860,000 MT of total liquid storage capacity across its terminals in Malaysia, Indonesia and Pakistan. FGV has the world’s largest bulking and storage facilities for vegetable oil.

The DCE has a total of 16 futures contracts listed for trading that includes a variety of agricultural and industrial produce. As at the end of 2017, DCE had 165-member firms and 3.09 million investor accounts, including 89,300 corporate accounts. DCE had 280 designated delivery warehouses and 14 margin depository banks.

Through FGV’s subsidiary, FGV China Oils Ltd (FGVCO), this collaboration is also set to be a catalyst to unlock more potential collaborations in other related industries in China, and B2B ventures, to expand its palm-based business operations in the region.

FGVCO is based in Dongguan City and is involved in the operation of palm oil refineries, edible oil storage and trading, and the production and sales of palm oil, palm-industry related products. FGVCO can compete in the China market as it has a reliable supply of palm oil and its derivatives from the FGV Group, licenses for the handling of all types of oils including soybean, rapeseed and in-house research & development capabilities to provide technical and product innovation.

Meanwhile, Zhu Lihong, executive vice president of DCE, said that as the first to introduce the commodity options in mainland China, DCE has also taken the lead to launch the internationalisation of a domestic mature futures product. Successfully transforming from a single and closed commodity futures exchange to a diversified, open and comprehensive derivatives exchange, DCE has started a new journey of building itself into a world-class derivatives exchange and a global commodity pricing centre and risk management centre.
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CM: Sabah palm oil 100% RSPO certified by 2025
November 17, 2018, Saturday Shalina R


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KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is still in pursuit of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and complementing it with the Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MSPO) certification, said Chief Minister Datuk Mohd Shafie Apdal.

Shafie said the Sabah Jurisdictional Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (JCSPO) certification is intended to achieve no loss of High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) forests for all oil palm in Sabah; enable zero-conflict in oil palm production landscapes in Sabah; and strengthen smallholder sustainability and uplift local livelihoods by 2025.

He added, however, the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) announced that the MSPO Certification Scheme is now mandatory across the nation. All oil palm plantations within Malaysia are obligated to comply by the end-2019.

“In view of this, the state had also agreed to pursue the MSPO certification within the state. Both the Sabah JCSPO Initiative and the MSPO Certification will be implemented concurrently. After all, the goal is to bring about ‘Certified Sustainable Palm Oil’ to meet market demand,” he said.

“I understand that this decision might have stirred confusions in the market and possibly among the plantation players too. Thus, I wish to reaffirm that achieving the RSPO Certification, through the implementation of the Sabah JCSPO initiative is still the ultimate goal for Sabah.

“Obtaining the MSPO Certification would be complementary and regarded as a step-wise approach towards achieving the bigger goal,” added Shafie, whose speech was delivered by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, at the Sabah Implementation Dialogue: Supporting Jurisdictional Leadership for Sustainable Commodity Production here yesterday.

Shafie, who is also state Finance Minister, said Sabah is all out for the certification of its oil palm and has long opted for the jurisdictional approach (JA).

He added this is happening due to reasons that include Sabah’s 12% export of the world’s Crude Oil Palm Oil (CPO) as the third largest producer after Indonesia and Peninsular Malaysia.

He said, today, about 24% of Sabah’s oil palm are already RSPO certified and the ultimate aim is to achieve 100% certification by 2025.

According to Shafie, among the international support received include an AAK (A Swedish Vegetable Oil Company) one-year grant to Forever Sabah to support smallholder work within Telupid, Tongod, Beluran and Kinabatangan (TTBK), which was renewed in 2018.

He added, through RSPO, the UNEP 10-year Food Program awarded USD200,000 and USD100,000 match from RSPO for over 22 months to be shared equally between Sabah and Central Kalimantan, which also supports smallholder work.

Shafie said RSPO and WWF-Malaysia contributed USD300,000 and USD58,177 respectively to support the High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) mapping process in Sabah.

He also said the High Carbon Stock Approach (HCSA) Executive Committee also contributed USD15,000 to support the Sabah HCS process at the event.

During the dialogue, Sabah will present its jurisdictional plan and process, and the state’s key package of specific asks and opportunities for partnerships.

The gathering was intended to create a robust, open space for a dialogue between Sabah and the internationals, where local goals and action find alignment with global goals and need for action.

EU to Malaysia Delegation head Ambassador Maria Castillo Fernandez, Trade and Economic Counselor Shamala Joachim, From the Danish Embassy, Counselor Food, Agriculture and Fisheries (South East Asia) minister Henrik Hagen Olesen, and Conservation International Terrestrial Program senior director Nassat Idris were amongst the delegation at the dialogue
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16 agriculture commodities record over 100 per cent SSR
December 1, 2018, Saturday at 12:05 AM


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KUALA LUMPUR: A research conducted by the Department of Statistics has shown that 16 out of 33 selected agricultural commodities have a self-sufficiency ratio (SSR) of more than 100 per cent in 2017.

Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Uzair Mahidin said the agricultural commodities were divided into three categories, namely crops (fruits and vegetables), livestock and fisheries.

He said for fruits, seven out of 13 fruits recorded a SSR of more than 100 per cent, with watermelon being the highest at 151.7 per cent followed by papaya (143.6 per cent) and star fruit (136 per cent).

Per capita consumption (PCC) of coconut was the highest at 19.4 kg/year followed by banana (10.0 kg/year), pineapple (7.6 kg/year) and durian (6.4 kg/year), he said in a statement yesterday.

As for vegetables, Uzair said six vegetables recorded a SSR of more than 100 per cent, namely spinach, lady’s finger, long bean, brinjal, cucumber, and tomato.

“The PCC of round cabbage was the highest (5.4 kg/year) followed by mustard (4.4 kg/year), tomato (3.9 kg/year) and cucumber (2.3 kg/year),” he said.

As for livestock, he said the SSR of chicken/duck egg (113.7 per cent) was the highest followed by poultry meat (98.2 per cent) and pork (92.1 per cent), while mutton was the lowest (10.7 per cent).

“Poultry meat recorded the highest PCC of 52.0 kilogrammes per year followed by chicken/duck egg (22.2 kg/year) and pork (16.3 kg/year),” he said.

In the fisheries segment, he said cuttlefish recorded the highest SSR of 104.8 per cent while mackerel was the lowest (82.9 per cent).

However, the PCC of mackerel (5.2 kg/year) was the highest among fisheries followed by shrimp (3.9 kg/year) and tuna (2.5 kg/year), while crab has the lowest (0.4 kg year). — Bernama
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SANDAKAN: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said he was looking into permanently banning timber exports from Sabah, and would have Sabah Foundation (Yayasan Sabah) to extract, purchase and export timber from Sabah.

“I have spoken to the State Attorney to look into our budget to make this happen. We want to stop the old practice in which several private companies monopolised the timber industry in Sabah. The same company extracted, purchased and exported Sabah’s timber, so it was very hard for us to monitor because it was the same company.

“How much are they paying for royalty when they extract, and how much are they paying for the purchase and export? We could not monitor closely because there was only one player. Although this has been the way we do things since I was young, it is now time that we reform and make changes.

“It is not about the company, or the individual; it is about the rakyat. I want the revenue to go to the GLC (government-linked companies) that we have entrusted so that the revenue will go back to the rakyat. If I let the revenue (from timber) go to Sabah Foundation, it will return to the rakyat, maybe in scholarships, vocational schools, or the revenue could be used to build schools,” he said.

However, he said the plan to permanently ban timber export from Sabah would require consideration on several matters, including the implication on the aspects of law, economy, social and more.

Shafie said this after he launched the new State Forestry Policy at the Forestry Department here yesterday.

On the new policy, Shafie said it was needed considering the change in the environment, and also to ensure that flora and fauna, as well as wildlife were preserved.

The new policy, which consists of seven core thrusts, is replacing the previous policy that was drafted in 1954 in which Shafie said was no longer suitable with the current forest management development.

“To ensure that we move forward, I have ensured that we have ‘value added’ in our timber. Sabah is no longer dependent on revenue from timber like back in the 60s and 70s. Now we generate RM150 million to RM200 million from timber royalties.

“But, if we go downstream with added value, I am confident that it will not only increase the state’s income, but also create job opportunities for Sabahans.

“Next week or mid-month, I am confirming a furniture factory that can produce furniture to be exported to Maldives with our timber.

“With the condition of our current economy, we need to be more creative and innovative in generating income for Sabah. If we only wait for (timber), we will get about RM100 million to RM200 million, depending on the market price. However, if we go downstream, value added, we could reach (income of) RM10 billion to RM20 billion in the future.

“If we plant high-value wood like Red Seraya, Acacia, Eucalptus and Belian, Sabah will be generating a lot of income in 30 to 50 years to come,” he said.

Meanwhile, Shafie said the government was aiming to have 30 per cent of its land mass, or 2.2 million hectares as Totally Protected Areas by 2025, which is five years more than the target set by the previous government.

“We are extending the time a little because we are actually looking into how best we can manage it (TPA), because we have been receiving calls from international bodies to look into (the impact of the target) on the environment.

“We need to have detailed and in-depth study, because this (plan) is very complex. In the end what is more important is that we are not focusing on generating income (by cutting down trees), but in preserving the environment, flora and fauna and wildlife,” he added.

Also present during the ceremony were Sabah Chief Forest Conservator Datuk Manshor Mohd Jaini, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung, Sandakan Municipal Council president Datuk Peter Hii Chang Lik and Sabah Foundation director Datuk Jamalul Kiram Mohd Zakaria.
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Ikea eyeing acacia from Sabah
December 5, 2018, Wednesday at 12:55 PM Chok Sim Yee


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KOTA KINABALU: Ikea is not planning to open a store in Sabah yet but the Swedish home furnishings company is focusing on making deliveries to customers as cost efficient as possible.

Ulf Johansson, Global Wood Supply and Forestry Manager, Ikea of Sweden AB, said the company was also looking at sourcing acacia raw material originated from Sabah and producing furniture in the State through local partners.

“We are looking for partners in the countries we operate today that could supply furniture for the long term for Ikea.”

He said in an interview after paying a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Shafie Apdal here yesterday.

When asked whether Ikea plans to open a store in Sabah, Johansson said the company was continuously growing its retail operations in new countries.

However, he said Ikea was also seeing a shift in retail shopping via smartphones.

Therefore, he said the company had enabled customers to shop online in Malaysia.

“Living in Sabah, you can buy your (Ikea) products on your phone.

“We are now focusing on making delivery to your home, to you (customers) as cost efficient as possible.

“That is our challenge in Ikea – to build distribution solutions for the new digital world.”

Nonetheless, Johansson said Ikea was looking at using acacia originated from Sabah as raw material for its furniture.

He added that the company was also mulling producing furniture in the State as well through local partners.

He said Sabah also had huge potential in planting acacia.

Johansson said Ikea was already using acacia produced from Sabah but it was an area that could be further developed in light of the current supply constraints.

He said Ikea’s acacia-based furniture was well received by its customers due to the durability and appearance of the wood, adding that the company also ensured its raw materials were certified and produced responsibly.

“There is a need to develop more manufacturing capability of acacia.

“We would be happy to do that in Sabah
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He said Ikea would like to see more acacia wood being planted on degraded land, which in turn created more jobs and tax revenue.

Also present were Lena Pripp Kovak, Head of Sustainability at Inter Ikea Group; Annie Sandgran, Project Manager of Wood Supply and Forestry of Ikea and Jam Falck, a sivilculture lecturer at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
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Prinsiptek in JV to build oil palm mill for RM2.126b
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KUALA LUMPUR: Prinsiptek Corp Bhd has roped in AA Strategic Marketing Inc Sdn Bhd and TTSJ Trading Sdn Bhd to build an oil palm mill and refinery in Sabah for RM2.126 billion.

Prinsiptek’s wholly-owned Tanah Perangsang Sdn Bhd has signed a joint venture agreement with the other two companies for the construction.

The company said the joint venture would strengthen its core competencies in the construction industry as well as income stream to its business in the long run.

“The proposed development and construction shall be completed within five years from the date of all necessary approval of the relevant authorities is obtained,” the company said in a filing to Bursa Malaysia.

The financial commitment of the joint venture shall be funded from internally generated funds and bank borrowings, it added.

Prinsiptek said AA Strategic shall responsible to plan, organise, delegate and control every phase of development and construction including all the relevant authorities approval.

“TTSJ on the other hand will be responsible to apply with the state government for approval to construct oil palm mill, oil palm refinery, bulking storage tank, port and jetty at Sipitang, Sabah
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“It will also issue standby letter of credit being collateral towards the bank facilities granted,” the company said
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Malaysia's timber and timber-related exports to record RM23b in 2019
By AYISY YUSOF - January 23, 2019 @ 2:47pm


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KUALA LUMPUR: The country’s timber and timber products exports are expected to reach RM23 billion this year, leveraging on the existing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), Asean and Oceania countries as well as strong demand from India.

Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) deputy director general Norchahaya Hashim said the target was underpinned by the uncertainty of the global geopolitical scenario such as trade war between China and US, US economic sanctions to Iran and Brexit.

“We aim to achieve about 60 per cent of value-added timber finish products and 40 per cent of primary timber exports by 2020,” he said at a briefing on Timber Market Performance 2018 and Outlook 2019, here, today.

However, she said the target may not be achievable due to shortage of raw materials supplies, labour intensive, lack of innovation and technology, amongst others.

From the period of January to November 2018, the country’s commodity exports stood at RM11.07 billion (54.1 per cent), while the value-added product exports were recorded at RM9.37 billion (45.9 per cent).

Norchahaya said Malaysia’s timber export and timber products are expected to hit RM22.30 billion for 2018, a four per cent decline compared to RM23. 22 billion recorded on 2017.Malaysia’s export of major timber products include Japan, US, India, Korea and China.

“The expected decline is attributed to slower demand from key markets, global economic turmoil and strengthening of the Malaysian ringgit,” she said, adding that the country’s timber exports valued stood at RM20.45 billion as of November 2018.

“We also want to reduce our dependency on natural raw materials from the local forest. About 10 per cent of the country’s timber products are sourced from alternative raw materials such as oil palm trunk and rubber trees,” she added.

She said the country’s import for timber and timber products are expected to reach RM5 billion in 2018 compared to RM4.68 billion in 2017, attributed to higher importation of raw materials from China to produce the finished products. Malaysia imports its timber products mainly from China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Thailand.

According to MTIB, Malaysia has over 4,000 mills comprising furniture, sawmills, mouldings, plywood, veneer, wood chip, kiln drying, builder’s joinery carpentry and medium density fibreboard.

She said Peninsular Malaysia made up about 83 per cent of mills, while the remaining 17 per cent is in Sabah and Sarawak.

“We remain committed to achieve RM25 billion export value for timber and timber products by 2020, while focusing more on downstream processing.

“We also want to promote the use of our alternative raw materials oil palm trunk and rubber trees to save our natural forests and make use of the abundance of resources for the rubber and oil palm industries,” she said.

Norchahaya said MTIB also committed to continue undertaking the forest replanting programme on 140,000 hectares of land throughout the country.

“To date, we have planted or covered about 85 per cent or 114,000 hectares of the total target by 2020. We planted about 600 trees per hectare since 1997 with the total government’s budget allocation of RM1.045 billion.


“There are about eight species of trees involved for the project such as rubber trees, mahogany and bamboo trees,” she said.
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Technological innovation to boost oil palm planters' productivity
By OOI TEE CHING - February 21, 2019 @ 10:36pm


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KUALA LUMPUR: The palm oil sector needs to mechanise and automate further to raise productivity, said Dr Shariman Alwani, who is head of strategy, innovation and renewables at Sime Darby Plantation Bhd.

“The global demand for palm is still there and our production continues to be strong. Fundamentally, the sector is strong.

“Right now, oil palm planters and palm oil exporters are working through some structural issues in terms of inventories and pricing,” said Shariman.

“Once all these structural issues are sorted out — partly by itself and via government policies such as the B10 biodiesel mandate — the outlook will be good,” he added.

Shariman was speaking to reporters at a seminar here today, jointly organised by AmInvestment Bank and stock market operator Bursa Malaysia.

On industry challenge, he acknowledged that oil palm yields had stagnated for more than 10 years, at 19 per cent across Malaysia and Indonesia.

He added that this presented opportunities for agronomists and scientists to be more committed in raising productivity via usage of digital technology over manual labour at the estates
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PETALING JAYA: Growth in the economy and urbanisation are pushing higher food demand in Africa, hence the world’s second most populous continent should be the new market for Malaysian palm oil exporters, says founder and director of Global Farm Trade, Sandeep Singh.

The population in Africa he said is expected to increase by 2030 and the continent would also overcome India to become the world’s second largest palm oil consumer after China.

“They are slowly catching up and since there are no major oil palm grown there, we have the advantage to penetrate the market and promote this “versatile oil” via joint venture and making Togo, for example, as a strategic entry point to West Africa,” he said in his presentation during a market forum hosted by the Malaysia Palm Oil Council (MPOC), here, Wednesday.

The half-day forum entitled “Embracing Challenges, Optimising Opportunities”, was aimed to help industry members gain a better understanding of various developments impacting palm oil exports.

Sandeep added that most palm oil imports to Africa are mainly from Togo and Benin, due to their lower import duties.

“It also has the proximity to large markets such as Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger, which make up the majority of total regional demand
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Meanwhile, plantation consultant and director of Ganling Sdn Bhd Ling Ah Hong said the production of crude palm oil for this year is not going to slow down and impact the commodity’s price.

“The stock needs to come down to 2.4 million tonnes from the current 3.05 million tonnes, which is still high above the trend line.

“We expect the stock to moderate demand in the first half of 2019 with better demand and seasonal lower production,” he said.

Ling also said impact from the emergence of El Nino weather phenomenon is likely to be weak and would be too late to affect palm oil output this year.

The good weather conditions in the last 24 months would be conducive for palm oil growth and supply, he said.

He expects Malaysian CPO production to reach 20.2 million tonnes this year (up by 3.5 per cent) while Indonesia’s production would climb to 42.4 million tonnes (+7 per cent).

On the future of CPO prices, it is expected to trade sideways between RM2,000 per tonne and RM2,500 per tonne and likely to be volatile, driven mainly by demand related news – biodiesel consumption and buying from key importers like China and India. – Bernama
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Published on: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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KUALA LUMPUR: The government must formulate a more comprehensive agriculture policy to empower the nation’s food production sector so as to ensure food security for Malaysians.

The policy should also chart out long-term, medium-term and short-term strategies to develop abandoned agricultural land in order to optimise productivity, say experts.

Land Professionals Society of Malaysia president Prof Dr Ismail Omar said the national agricultural policies thus far lacked a proper approach to developing the vast tracts of agricultural land lying idle throughout the country.

Suggesting that the federal government, through the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, appoint a group of land, agricultural and economic experts to appraise the national agriculture policies, he said their findings may indicate the reasons for the existence of idle land.

“They must study the issue of abandoned agricultural land more deeply and then identify the causes for their existence from various angles. They must also review the policies and plans outlined in the policies,” said Ismail, who is a senior lecturer in land economics at Universiti Tun Hussein Onn in Batu Pahat, Johor.

Malaysia’s first National Agriculture Policy (NAP) was drafted in 1984. NAP1 covered the period from 1984 to 1991; NAP2 (1992-1997); and NAP3 (1998-2010). The NAP was replaced by the 10-year National Agro-Food Policy beginning 2011.

Ismail said the lack of focus on the development of idle land has resulted in some 300,000 hectares of ex-mining land in various parts of the country - that was suitable for the cultivation of vegetables and fruits - left unused.

“The review of the (national agriculture) policies should take into account past and current achievements (in food production), with particular reference to the link between idle land and the productivity of agricultural land,” he told Bernama.

He said a thorough and detailed study on undeveloped wakaf land would also shed some light on why its use was not optimised. According to him, only 12 percent of the 30,000 ha of wakaf land in the country has been developed.

“As such, some amendments have to be made to the nation’s agriculture policy to ensure optimum use of land,” he added.
In admitting that idle agricultural land was a waste of resources and extremely detrimental to the interests of the nation, Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) Chairman Ishak Ismail urged the state governments to identify land that has been left idle and develop an inventory of such land.

“Fama can help to connect the landowners to investors, cooperatives and commercial farmers,” he said, adding that through land lease and strategic partnerships, the two parties can benefit from the development of the otherwise unproductive land.

According to the Department of Agriculture’s 2014 statistics, no less than 119,273 hectares of agricultural land suitable for cultivation was left idle throughout the nation, with about 117,198 ha located in the peninsula

If all these lands were put to good use, it could help trim Malaysia hefty food import bills.

Take, for example, its fruit and vegetable imports. Fama statistics for 2017 showed Malaysia’s fruit and vegetable import bill for 2018 touched RM8.5 billion and RM8.9 billion the previous year.

In 2017, it imported RM830.08 million worth of fruits from China, South Africa (RM518.43 million) and the United States (RM467.24 million).

The same year, its vegetable imports from China came to RM2.48 billion, followed by India (RM538.32 million) and the United States (RM405.86 million).

Ismail said although Malaysia produces a wide variety of local fruits, it only exports a few fruits like durian, mangosteen and the ‘harum manis’ mango.

Pointing to the padi fields that are no longer being cultivated, he said Malaysia now imports one million tonnes of rice valued at RM1.4 billion every year, with most of its rice coming from Thailand.

“We even have to import millions of coconuts from our neighbouring country, Indonesia.

“Our country has a lot of fertile land lying around. Land plays a very important role in our lives if it is administered proper but many people don’t seem to be grateful for the land they own,” he said.

Commenting on Malaysia’s dependence on food imports, Ishak told Bernama that food security was among the biggest strengths of a nation and that it can only be achieved if the nation’s food production was sufficient.

Besides idle land, another problem that has to be addressed is the fact that 80 percent of the farmers in this country are involved in subsistence farming and small-scale activities, he said.

“The small-scale farmers need assistance to identify crops that they can cultivate and can be marketed fresh or in processed form.

“To enhance the confidence of these farmers, they have to be guaranteed of markets for their produce,” Ishak added.

He also said that the fruits and vegetables imported from countries like Thailand have an advantage over local produce because the lower production costs in their countries allow them to sell their products at lower prices.

“As a country that practices a free trade policy, we can’t stop other countries’ products from entering our country. But, perhaps, the government can, through the relevant departments and agencies, tighten the procedures for the entry of food products,” he said.

He said the Health Ministry could, for example, conduct regular checks on imported food products to ensure that they complied with the Food Act 1983 and were free of pesticide residues. – Bernama
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Modern and technology-based farming among key focuses of 12th Malaysia Plan
Bernama July 09, 2019 22:42 pm +08
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MELAKA (July 9): The use of technology and the implementation of modern agricultural practices will be among the key aspects addressed under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) which begins in 2021, says Agriculture and Agro-based Industry secretary-general Datuk Mohd Sallehhuddin Hassan.

He said the effort was also expected to reduce imports of vegetables by 30%, as well as drive the country's agricultural industry and increase the export of quality vegetables abroad.

He said last year, about RM3.3 billion of the RM50.5 billion worth of imports in the food sector comprised vegetables, and the amount was considered to be quite high.

"The use of technology and modern agriculture are important aspects of 12MP, in line with the Industrial Revolution 4.0 and the National Agro-Food Policy 2.0 in ensuring that the country's agricultural industry, especially the supply of vegetables, can accommodate current demand and reduce dependence on imports.

"With the initiative as well, we are planning to make a new, more efficient National Agro-Based Policy, reducing the value of national agriculture deficit from the RM18.8 billion recorded last year," he told reporters after the opening of the Southeast Asian Vegetable Symposium (SEAVEG) here, today.

The event was officiated by Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) director-general Datuk Dr Mohamad Roff Mohamad Noor. — Bernama
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Ministry optimistic cocoa industry can hit RM6b export target
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SERDANG (July 19): The Primary Industries Ministry is optimistic that the cocoa industry would achieve the target of RM6 billion export value by 2020 as outlined in the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP).

As of 2018, the nation’s cocoa exports have hit RM5.55 billion.

Ministry secretary-general Datuk Dr Tan Yew Chong said the 4.6 per cent rise in the sector’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018 from 2017 is a positive sign that the target is achievable.

He said cocoa has good potential with the right business model as well as commercialisation and downstream activities.

"The cocoa sector contributed RM5.55 billion to the nation’s export revenue in 2018, accounting for RM1.44 billion or 0.1 per cent of GDP.

"The amount is a 4.6 per cent increase from RM1.38 billion the previous year,” he said at a media conference after launching 'Innovation to Market' (I2M), the Malaysian Cocoa Board’s (LKM) commercialisation of research findings programme at the UPM-MTDC Technology Centre here today.

The four-day programme is the first in a series of seven planned over the next six months on technology transfer and commercialisation for LKM researchers.

Also present was Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) chief executive officer Datuk Norhalim Yunus.

Tan said amid the cocoa industry’s very encouraging performance, cocoa has great potential for the export market.

However, he said, cooperation is still needed with the relevant agencies for research and development (R&D) as well as commercialisation in order to make it globally competitive.

"We cannot focus only on the local market, we also have to penetrate global markets.

"The export value of chocolate rose to RM1 billion last year. So besides oil palm cultivation, we can probably return to cultivating cocoa, which also gives a good income,” he noted.

Meanwhile, he said between 20 to 30 technologies and products will be commercialised for the cocoa industry.

"LKM has so far conducted 89 research projects since the 8th Malaysia Plan, with total allocation amounting to RM54.4 million.

"A total of 19 LKM products and technologies have been commercialised, and the agency has identified 63 R&D products such as cosmetics, self-care and food products with commercial potential,” he said.

Meanwhile, Norhalim said Malaysia’s cocoa products have also penetrated international markets such as Morocco.

“With the cooperation of researchers and entrepreneurs, we are exploring new markets especially in ASEAN and Oceania.

"We have the products, and we are confident the technology has reached the required level. What is important now is cooperation with entrepreneurs to commercialise and market the products,” he said.

The programme was attended by 26 LKM staff including research officers and marketing officers.
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