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Monday, 8 August 2016 | MYT 9:10 PM
Malaysia records pineapple exports worth RM161mil in 2015



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KOTA SAMARAHAN: Malaysia recorded pineapple exports valued at RM161mil last year and targets to increase this to RM254mil by 2020.

Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali said to achieve the goal, the Government had planned to increase the pineapple plantation acreage by 7,120ha by 2020.

“The plan to increase the country’s pineapple production is to meet market demand and high-value agricultural development.

“The pineapple industry plays an important role in meeting the growing demand for fresh fruits and agro-based industry.

“Hence, developing and strengthening pineapple cultivation in Sarawak is necessary to assist in accommodating the market demand globally with the addition of 100 containers per month,” he said.

He said this in his speech at the launch of Sarawak Pineapple Plantation Census officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas in Kota Samarahan on Monday.

A total of 719 pineapple entrepreneurs in the state are involved in the census beginning Monday until Sept 30.

Samsolbari said Sarawak recorded the largest pineapple plantation areas after Johor with 1,805ha currently.

“MPIB targets a higher increase in productivity by 2020, that is, at 45 tonnes per ha with the optimisation of land use,” he said.

Meanwhile, Uggah who is also state Minister for Modernisation of Agriculture and Rural Economy, in his speech outlined four main requirements to empower the pineapple industry in Sarawak.

“These are quality seedlings, research as well as technology transfer to the state, creating downstream industries and good marketing system.

“As the second largest pineapple producer, we strongly encourage MPIB to assist Sarawak in this endeavour,” he said. - Bernama
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FELCRA labur RM5 juta projek mangga Harumanis di Perlis
SABTU, 6 OGOS 2016 - 2:30PM
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CHUKAI: FELCRA Berhad (FELCRA) memperuntukkan sejumlah RM5 juta bagi membangunkan projek tanaman mangga Harumanis menggunakan konsep teknologi rumah hijau di Perlis.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Zulkarnain Md Eusope, berkata projek usaha sama dengan Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) itu adalah projek ekonomi sektor pertanian yang akan membantu menjana pendapatan pengusahanya dan penduduk setempat.

"Selain tanaman sedia ada iaitu kelapa sawit, FELCRA memberi fokus utama kepada projek tanaman mangga Harumanis kerana ia mendapat permintaan tinggi termasuk daripada negara luar seperti Hong Kong, Jepun, Taiwan dan Korea.

"Harga sebiji mangga Harumanis di Hong Kong misalnya mencecah RM150 sebiji dan ia sudah tentu mampu memberi keuntungan lumayan bagi pasaran eksport buahan itu," katanya ketika ditemui di Dewan Serbaguna FELCRA Seri Bandi di sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata, harga mangga Harumanis bagi pasaran tempatan di Perlis kini mencecah RM30 sekilogram dan ia membuktikan buah itu bernilai tinggi dan memberi keuntungan besar kepada pengusaha dan penjualnya.

Katanya, projek tanaman mangga Harumanis yang dilaksanakan menerusi konsep teknologi rumah hijau itu lebih menguntungkan kerana mengeluarkan hasil lebih kerap berbanding biasa.

"Sebelum ini, pengeluaran Harumanis mengambil masa sehingga empat tahun tetapi menerusi teknologi hijau yang akan dilaksanakan bersama UniMAP, buah itu dijangka dapat dihasilkan dalam tempoh dua tahun dengan jumlah yang lebih banyak di ladang seluas 100 hektar," katanya.

Harumanis adalah sejenis mangga popular yang hanya terdapat di Perlis dan berbau harum serta isinya berwarna kekuningan dengan rasa yang manis.

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NAFAS pantau kualiti fosfat dari Pulau Krismas
SELASA, 9 OGOS 2016 - 10:28AM
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PULAU KRISMAS, Australia: Kira-Kira 55 peratus pengeluaran fosfat iaitu bahan utama dalam pengeluaran baja sebatian yang diproses Phosphate Resources Limited (PRL) yang berpangkalan di Perth, dieksport ke Malaysia untuk kegunaan aktiviti pertanian.

Antara pengimport utama dari Malaysia ialah Pertubuhan Peladang Kebangsaan (NAFAS) yang mula mengimport fosfat keluaran PRL sejak 1992 untuk pengeluaran baja sebatian bagi penanam padi.

NAFAS mengimport fosfat melalui anak syarikatnya, NAFAS Bajakimia Sdn Bhd, untuk diproses menjadi baja di kilang miliknya.

Bagi tujuan pemantauan dan memastikan kualiti fosfat terjamin, NAFAS mengadakan lawatan ke Pulau Krismas untuk melihat proses perlombongan fosfat sebelum dieksport.

Timbalan Pengurus Besar NAFAS, Nordin Ibrohim, berkata fosfat dari Pulau Krismas dipilih kerana mempunyai kualiti serta spesifikasi yang menepati keperluan untuk menghasilkan baja sebatian yang berkualiti tinggi.

"NAFAS terus mengekalkan penggunaan rock fostat kerana ia mempunyai kandungan silika rendah sekali gus memudahkan proses pembutiran baja," katanya kepada wartawan yang mengikuti lawatan itu, di sini.

Nordin berkata, sebanyak 161,603 tan metrik baja sebatian dibekalkan kepada pesawah setiap tahun di seluruh negara.

Pembekalan baja kepada pesawah ini diberikan melalui Skim Baja Padi Kerajaan Persekutuan.


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Mindset of people on agriculture has to change – Musa
August 9, 2016, Tuesday


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EFFORTS will be made to change the mindset of the people who believe that agriculture is a lowly career incapable of bringing wealth.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman told the State Assembly sitting yesterday that such a mentality must change.

“Because agriculture can provide work opportunities, it can provide income and bring about prosperity. We have carried out a lot of programmes to promote agripreneur and agro-tani, but they (the people) probably do not yet realise that agriculture has very good prospects,” he said.

He spoke of banana planting in Sabah and said the demand for Sabah bananas was very high in West Malaysia.

He described bananas as the simplest plant to grow.


“One does not need to tend to it, to fertilise it or water it. It just grows and multiply,” he said.

At the same time, he also spoke of efforts to increase the production of rice in Sabah.

“I am all out when it comes to food production in Sabah,” he stated.


He added that the state government strove to create agropreneurs so that they could excel in agriculture.

“We will give land and assist however we can,”
he said.

Earlier, Tamparuli assemblyman Datuk Wilfred Bumburing said graduates in Sabah were ashamed to work in the agriculture field.

“The mentality of our graduate is, ‘since I am a graduate, I cannot work as a farmer’,” he said.

He added that the Japanese government had spent a lot of money to change the mentality of her people in the past and now, Japanese graduates are no longer ashamed to become farmers.

Bumburing also said he had sent a local to study silk caterpillar farming in Japan previously and the person went in search of the professor at an air-conditioned room.

He said the local was shocked to find the professor in the field and as a result, his mentality changed.

“We need to undergo this transformation. I think the moment they derive income from this, they will change,” said Bumburing.
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Bio Desaru bakal tarik 3 lagi pelaburan baharu
KHAMIS, 4 OGOS 2016 - 2:23PM
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KOTA TINGGI: Bio Desaru, Lembah Makanan Organik Bersepadu Johor yang kini rancak dibangunkan, bakal menerima tiga lagi pelaburan baharu berjumlah RM146 juta menjelang akhir tahun ini.

Bio Desaru yang berasaskan teknologi pertanian termoden itu dibangunkan Bio Desaru Sdn Bhd (BDSB), syarikat kluster makanan di bawah J-Biotech Holdings di kawasan seluas kira-kira 3,600 hektar di sini.

Dalam usaha merancakkan pembangunan Bio Desaru, BDSB memeterai memorandum perjanjian usaha sama dengan lima syarikat membabitkan pelaburan berjumlah RM36.7 juta di sini hari ini.

Kerjasama itu dimeterai antara BDSB bersama PK Agro Industrial Sdn Bhd (PK Agro), Medima Corporation Sdn Bhd (Medima Corporation), ST Farms Sdn Bhd (ST Farms), Coco Tech Sdn Bhd (Coco Tech) dan Leong Hup Agriculture Sdn Bhd (Leong Hup Agriculture).

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif BDSB, Wan Amir-Jeffery Wan Abdul Majid, berkata dengan perkembangan itu, Bio Desaru yang dibangunkan sejak 2008 kini berada pada landasan kukuh bagi meraih pelaburan keseluruhan berjumlah RM1.6 bilion membabitkan 22 pelabur akhir tahun ini.

Katanya, pelaburan itu membabitkan pembangunan 27 projek dalam bidang bio-akuakultur dengan nilai pelaburan sebanyak RM673 juta, bio-penternakan (RM275 juta), bio-pertanian (RM235 juta) dan bio-pelancongan (RM5 juta).

"Kita akan terus berusaha memperkukuh kedudukan Bio Desaru sebagai wilayah pembangunan pertanian berasaskan bioteknologi yang termoden, sekali gus menjadikan Johor peneraju pengeluaran makanan terbesar di Malaysia," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas lawatan rasmi dan pelancaran Bio Desaru oleh Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin di sini hari ini.

Pada majlis itu, Mohamed Khaled turut menyaksikan pertukaran memorandum perjanjian lima syarikat berkenaan serta MoU antara Tourism Johor dan BDSB untuk membangunkan The Caravan Park at Bio Desaru bagi membangunkan pusat agropelancongan.

Beliau turut melancarkan Buku Garis Panduan Bio-Keselamatan Bio Desaru Edisi Kedua yang akan digunakan sebagai panduan kepada semua pelabur di kawasan itu bagi memastikan setiap aktiviti mengikut spesifikasi dan panduan kawalan ditetapkan.

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Penuhi permintaan global
Kerajaan cadang wujudkan Lembaga Kelapa dalam masa terdekat
ZUHAYATI YAZID | 10 Ogos 2016 12:53 AM


AHMAD SHABERY CHEEK diiringi oleh Syed Razlan Syed Putra Jamalullail (dua dari kiri), Zakaria Mohamad (tiga dari kiri) dan Aini Ideris (tiga dari kanan) melihat jenis kelapa sempena Seminar Kelapa Kebangsaan 2016 di UPM, Serdang, Selangor, semalam. UTUSAN/FAISOL MUSTAFA


KUALA LUMPUR 9 Ogos - Kementerian Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani sedang mempertimbangkan untuk mewujudkan Lembaga Kelapa bagi memajukan lagi industri tanaman tersebut di negara ini dalam masa terdekat bagi memenuhi permintaan pasaran global.

Menterinya, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek berkata, pada peringkat permulaan kementerian akan menubuhkan Majlis Penasihat Pertanian yang terdiri daripada ahli akademik dan penyelidik bagi mengumpul idea dan pandangan golongan tersebut tentang hala tuju penubuhan lembaga berkenaan.

“Majlis Penasihat Pertanian akan membuat kajian secara mendalam untuk meneliti perkembangan semasa industri kelapa yang semakin mapan sekali gus menyediakan platform yang terbaik untuk meningkatkan lagi pendapatan pekebun kecil.

“Mereka juga akan me*ngumpulkan pelbagai maklumat berkaitan industri kelapa dan pembangunan tanaman itu di seluruh negara selain mencari mekanisme baharu penanaman bagi memenuhi permintaan yang semakin melonjak,” katanya selepas merasmikan Seminar Kelapa Kebangsaan 2016, dekat sini hari ini.

Yang turut hadir Naib Canselor Universiti Putra Malaysia, Prof. Dr. Aini Ideris dan Presiden Alumni UPM, Datuk Seri Syed Raz*lan Jamalullail serta Ketua Pengarah Pertanian, Datuk Ahmad Zakaria Mohamad Sidek.

Ahmad Shabery yang juga Ahli Parlimen Kemaman berkata, Malaysia kini berada di kedudukan ke-10 dunia bagi pengeluaran kelapa dengan kemampuan menghasilkan 1.2 bilion biji kelapa setahun untuk kegunaan dalam negara dan juga eksport.

Katanya lagi, melalui penubuhan majlis tersebut, pihaknya akan mencari kaedah baharu untuk me*ningkatkan tanaman selain mewujudkan ladang kelapa integrasi.

“Kita kini cuba mempelbagaikan jenis tanaman kelapa dan terus mencari mekanisme baharu dalam usaha menghasilkan kepelbagaian tersebut untuk tujuan eksport,”


- See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasi....Fk7sF7lL.dpuf
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Malaysia will continue to meet China’s demand for oils
August 12, 2016, Friday


Malaysia will continue to offer high standard edible oil which will cater to the Chinese needs. — Reuters photo


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TIANJIN: Malaysia, a major palm oil supplier to China, will continue to offer high standard edible oil which will cater to the Chinese needs, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

He said Malaysia had invested in both financial and human capital to better understand the effects of palm oil on human health.

This was proven by the latest findings from the ‘Red Palm Oil Programme’ mounted by the Palm Oil Research and Technical Service Institute of MPOB (POTSIM) in Gansu, China, whereby 2,000 school children were given biscuits made from red palm shortening to fight Vitamin A deficiency.

“The results, from consuming palm-oil based biscuits, showed that the deficiency fell from 21.6 per cent to 6.0 per cent.

“This clearly indicated that palm oil plays a bigger role in China’s oils and fats market and we are confident that the usage of palm oil in China will continue to increase,” he said.

Mah was speaking to reporters after launching the Fifth Palm Oil Health and Nutrition Forum and Seminar on Managing Infection Control – Selecting the Right Gloves.

The forum is a signature event in China which was initiated by Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) former director-general Datuk Dr Choo Yuen May.

Mah added that Vitamin A deficiency was a significant public health issue in developing countries and was a major cause of blindness as well as overall mortality. Red palm oil has been studied as a supplement and as part of food fortification to boost vitamin A levels, he said.

It it effective and served to help fortify the food supply in nations where widespread deficiency existed especially in China, where the masses were still unaware of the benefits of palm oil.

“That is the main reason why the ministry, together with the help of MPOB and Malaysian Palm Oil Council, held such forums and seminars to create awareness for the edible oil.

“We will also work closely with experts in China especially with the President of the Tianjin Nutrition Society Professor Dr Qi Yumei to help us to conduct tests and, hopefully, impart knowledge to the China government,” added Mah.

Over the past 30 years, Malaysia has initiateded and partnered with leading biomedical and nutritional research institutions around the globe, including china, to carry out clinical studies related to palm oil, he said.

“Today there is a wealth of scientific evidence that supports the fact that palm oil is a wholesome and nutritious edible oil,” he added.

Mah said Malaysia would continue to provide support and improve the usage and application of palm oil in China through the work by POTSIM in Shanghai.

Malaysia has 5.64 million hectares of oil palm plantation and exported 25.3 million tonnes of palm oil and palm oil products in 2015, generating US$15.3 billion in foreign exchange earnings.

Through the income, Mah said Malaysia was able to import goods from China and help maintain a healthy bilateral trade between the two countries. — Bernama
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Agropolis districts named
BY SARBAN SINGH Tuesday, 16 August 2016
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SEREMBAN: Tampin and Jempol will become agropolis districts under a 30-year plan as the state administration moves towards increasing food production.

They would be transformed into food valleys, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said.

The primary aim is to reduce food prices.

Mohamad said Tampin district, which includes Gemas, would be a hub for dairy, beef and mutton, vegetable and fruits.

“Jempol will be a food valley for aquaculture farming including fresh water fish, fruit, vegetables and herbs,” he said when launching the 30-year plan.

Mohamad said the state wanted to roll out a comprehensive plan as it wanted to reduce food import costs.

“At present, we are forced to even import feed for our livestock,” he said

Mohamad said the plan would replace the 2007-2020 Structure Plan which would be ending soon.

“This new plan will be displayed until Oct 7. We hope the people will give us their feedback,” he said, adding that they could do so online.

He said the 30-year Malaysian Vision Valley project straddling Seremban-Nilai-Port Dickson districts and covering an area of 108,000ha would be one of the revenue earners for the state.

Under the plan, he said Jelebu would be turned into an agrotourism and biodiversity district where the Kenaboi World Biodiversity Centre would be built.

“This will be one of the new tourism attractions in the state where we would have a zoo, a wildlife sanctuary, research and development for the forestry sector and a plant conservation centre,” he said.
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Mah: Malaysia's export of cocoa-based products continue to grow
16th August, 2016
By ERIC BAGANG

KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia’s export of cocoa-based products continue to grow, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

Speaking to reporters during his visit to the Cocoa Biotechnology Research Centre in Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP) here yesterday, he said that export of cocoa based products in 2015 increased by 4.9 per cent, to RM5.03 billion from RM4.8 billion in 2014.

“For this year, we expect the export of cocoa-based products to exceed RM5.3 billion,” he said, adding that the main export destination are the United States, Japan, China, Canada, and Australia.

According to Mah, the size of cocoa plantations in Malaysia is 18,122 hectares involving 15,045 small holders throughout the country.

Sabah, he said, has the biggest plantation area at 7,072 hectares
, followed by Sarawak at 6,949 hectares, whereas the Peninsula cocoa plantation area stands at 4,101 hectares.

He said that Malaysia is also the second biggest cocoa grinding country in Asia after Indonesia. “In 2015, Malaysia produced a total of 1,729 metric tonnes of cocoa beans,” he added.

Meanwhile, in conjunction of his visit, Mah also officiated the newly completed RM1.1 million pilot chocolate-making laboratory phase 2 which was built under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

He said that the laboratory is used to provide training to hand-made chocolate entrepreneurs in the state to uplift their capacity.

As of this year, he said that a total of 22 chocolate entrepreneurs are registered with the Malaysian Cocoa Board (MCB).

Also present were Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister, Datuk Nasrun Datu Mansur, and MCB chairman, Datuk Dr Marcus Mojigoh.

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Tuesday, 16 August 2016 | MYT 9:48 PM
Yield of oil palm on peatland can be doubled

BY JACK WONG


KUCHING: Oil palm yield on peatland can be doubled by undertaking mechanical soil compaction.

This is one of the findings from scientific research carried out by the Sarawak-based Tropical Peat Research Laboratory, according to Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

He said this changed the economics of agriculture on peatland.

“This mechanical compaction has also brought the unintended benefit of reducing susceptibility of peat fire outbreaks,” he added when opening the 15th International Peat Congress.

Adenan said the laboratory had established via scentific research that carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from peatland with oil palm plantations were half those claimed by some uninformed parties, and that CO2 emissions from these plantations were actually lower than those from undisturbed peatland or forests.

He said that these vital scientific facts combined with proper enforcement and good governance had enabled the Sarawak government to formulate informed and sound policies pertaining to agriculture on peatland.

The laboratory, which was set up under the Chief Minister’s Department in 2008, aims to develop scientific, technical knowledge and clear understanding on the sustainability of oil palm cultivation on tropical peat.

According to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, the laboratory was given RM39.1mil from 2008 to 2015 to undertake research activities in collaboration with the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) towards developing best practices and other measures to ensure the suitability of oil palm development on peatland.

Adenan said about 1.6 million hectares (ha), or 66% of Malaysia’s 2.43 million ha of peatland, was located in Sarawak, and that many rural farmers were involved in small-scale oil palm cultivation on peatland.

Mah, in his speech at the ceremony, said about 27.5% of the country’s 2.43 million ha of peatland had been cultivated with oil palm.

He noted that planting oil palm on peatland was subjected to much scrutiny from environmental organisations, as well as ethical consumer advocacy groups for various reasons.

These, he pointed out, include allegations of oil palm development contributing towards the degradation of peatland, deforestation, the loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.

“In order to address these issues, the Government will continue to ensure that the industry complies to the existing rules and regulations, including good agriculture practices and adopting a sustainable approach in development.”

Mah said MPOB had developed guidelines for the “Development of a standard operating procedure for oil palm cultivation on peat” as a guidance on oil palm cultivation on peatland.

Malaysia currently has 5.64 million ha under oil palm estates.

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State considering more ways to use peatland to the fullest – Adenan

August 16, 2016, Tuesday Lian Cheng, [email protected]


KUCHING: The state government has decided to open up coastal land as well as consider peatland as the most strategic alternative resource due to dwindling arable land, said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

This is to increase food production to cater to the increasing population and at the same time eradicate persistent poverty, particularly in the rural areas, he said.

“The move to use peatland has contributed to the development of one of the fastest growing industries in Sarawak and is a major contributor to the state’s total export value in 2015, at about 10 per cent,” said Adenan during the opening of the 15th International Peat Congress at a local hotel here today (Aug 16).

He said Sarawak has well exceeded the national commitment of forest conservation, with the state having a total forested area of 65 per cent, based on satellite imagery for the year 2013/2014.

“We also care about our own environment. As chief minister, I have been flying over the state every week and I can see down below, greener upon greenery.

“What I see doesn’t lie. It is not a desert, or a burnt out forest. It is greenery down there.”

Citing the fact that Sarawak has been the first to set up its Biodiversity centre in the country, Adenan stressed that Sarawak does care for its environment.

Adenan added that areas that have been identified as Orang Utan habitats have also been well protected and made completely off-limits to plantation development and logging.

“Yes, there had been poaching and destruction of their forest habitats, but that is not the policy of the state,” said Adenan.

Adenan continued to assert that peatland was now an important resource for Sarawakians, especially rural farmers, who after being involved in small scale oil palm planting, are now generating income to elevate their living standard and support their children’s higher education.

Peatland research has also increased the state’s palm oil production and spared the state from huge a peat fire which once ravaged neighbouring countries.

The congress is host to about 900 participants from more than 30 countries, in which close to 400 research papers were accepted as oral and poster presentations.

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Superior Peat Management and Practices, Technology and Stricter Regulation Enable Malaysia to Effectively Tackle Peatland Fire, Unlike Indonesia

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016
Sustainable use of peatland the way to go
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Adenan (second from left) at one of the booths set up during the conference. — SYAQUERA RAWING / The Star.


KUCHING: Sarawak is committed to sustainable development of its peatland for agriculture, including oil palm cultivation, said Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

In line with this, the Chief Minister said ongoing research by the state’s Tropical Peat Research Laboratory (TPRL) aimed to develop scientific knowledge and clear understanding on the sustainability of planting oil palm on tropical peat.

“The state emphasises that the oil palm industry must be developed in a sustainable manner.

“Sustainable development offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance,” he said when opening the 15th International Peat Congress here yesterday.

Adenan said TPRL’s work had contributed to scientific breakthroughs in peat research, which were then translated into agricultural best practices for the industry.

“For example, it has discovered that through mechanical soil compaction, oil palm yield can be doubled and peat fires controlled.


“TPRL has also established through their research that carbon dioxide emissions from peatland with oil palm plantations are half those claimed by some uninformed parties, and that the emissions from these plantations are actually lower than those from undisturbed peatland or forest,” he said.

Adenan also said Sarawak had been spared from huge peat fires such as those in neighbouring countries, thanks to the results of the research.

He said this had led to effective peatland plantation management, which proved to be successful in preventing peat fires.

“If we had not kept our peatland compact and moist via good water management, we would have suffered the same fate as our neighbours,” he added.

Organised by the Malaysian Peat Society in partnership with the International Peatland Society, the congress was attended by 900 local and international delegates.

Themed “Peatland in Harmony: Agriculture, Industry and Nature”, this is the first time it is held in Asia.

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Protokol pertanian tingkat dagangan Malaysia-China
19 Ogos 2016 1:12 AM


Ong Ka Chuan memberi penerangan berkenaan prestasi dagangan Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR 18 Ogos – Pemeteraian protokol pertanian dan menambah baik rantaian bekalan bersama akan membantu mening*katkan dagangan dua hala antara Malaysia dan China pada masa depan, kata Menteri Perdagangan Antarabangsa dan Industri II, Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan.

Beliau berkata, pematuhan kepada langkah keselamatan China ke atas syarat import bagi produk buah-buahan segar adalah penting bagi meningkatkan eksport Malaysia ke negara berkenaan.

“Malaysia dijangka menandatangani protokol pertanian pada September, bermula dengan nanas dan diikuti buah-buahan lain.

“Dengan protokol itu, kita boleh mengeksport secara terus ke China. Eksport buah-buahan ke China akan dapat dipertingkat daripada enam peratus sekarang ini kepada 20 peratus daripada keseluruhan eksport dalam masa terdekat,” katanya dalam sidang akhbar selepas menghadiri seminar mengenai Bagaimana Untuk Mengeksport Secara Berkesan Ke China, di sini hari ini.

Menurutnya, peningkatan rantaian bekalan bersama dengan China akan memudahkan pergerakan komponen dihasilkan industri elektrik dan elektronik di Malaysia.

“Kita perlu terus menghapuskan cukai, halangan tarif dan halangan bukan tarif agar komponen terbabit boleh bergerak dengan cekap ke destinasi akhir untuk pemasangan.

“Sebarang kelewatan akan menjejaskan pemasangan produk akhir dan jika itu berlaku, pelabur tidak akan memilih Malaysia sebagai destinasi pelaburan mereka,” tambahnya.

Ka Chuan berkata, pelabur melihat Malaysia, bukan sahaja sebagai sangat dekat dengan China bagi tujuan eksport, tetapi juga sebagai rakan kongsi rantaian bekalan bersama negara ber*kenaan.

Sementara itu, Duta China ke Malaysia, Dr. Huang Huikang yang turut hadir di seminar dan sidang akhbar itu berkata, trend terkini menunjukkan rakyat China gemarkan produk Malaysia.

“Kami gemar durian anda. Pada peringkat dasar, kami menggalakkan lebih banyak import dari Malaysia dan itu termasuk makanan halal Malaysia,” kata*nya.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Perbadanan Pembangunan Perdagangan Luar Malaysia (Matrade), Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud berkata, agensi itu menjalankan kempen agresif bagi meningkat program promosi dan pembinaan jenama di China.

“Kita kini memasuki bandar peringkat kedua dan ketiga di samping memanfaatkan pemba*ngunan pesat e-dagang China bagi meningkatkan dagangan kita di sana,” katanya. – BERNAMA

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MSM sasar 10 syarikat gula terbesar
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22 Ogos 2016 1:11 AM

KUALA LUMPUR 21 Ogos - MSM Malaysia Holdings Bhd. (MSM) mengekalkan sasaran berada dalam ka*langan 10 syarikat pengeluar gula diproses terbesar dunia menje*lang tahun 2020 dibantu dengan pembukaan kilang memproses gula ketiganya terletak di Tanjung Langsat, Johor.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif (CEO), Mohamad Amri Sahari (gambar) berkata, sasaran itu dibuat oleh bekas CEO MSM sebelumnya, Datuk Sheikh Awab Sheikh Abod dan ia masih menjadi keutamaan beliau selepas dilantik menerajui syarikat pada pertengahan Julai lalu.

Kata beliau, MSM ketika ini tergolong dalam kalangan 25 pengeluar gula diproses terbesar dunia.

Tambahnya, pembinaan ki*lang di Tanjung Langsat yang dijangka beroperasi hujung 2017 menjadi faktor terpenting jika MSM mahu menjadi pengeluar gula utama di rantau ini dan berada dalam landasan untuk menjadi antara syarikat gula terbesar dunia.

“Selain memenuhi pasaran tempatan, MSM juga mahu terus meneroka pasaran serantau. Syarikat melihat permintaan gula di Asia Pasifik akan terus mening*kat.

“Kita juga me*rancang untuk membuka pe*jabat perwa*kilan di beberapa negara di Asia Pasifik yang akan diumumkan kemudian demi memperbesarkan lagi perniagaan MSM,” katanya kepada Utusan Malaysia di sini baru-baru ini.

MSM ialah subsidiari kepada Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. (FGV) dan merupakan pengeluar gula bertapis terbesar tempatan menerusi dua kilang memproses gula terletak di Chuping, Perlis dan Prai, Pulau Pinang dengan kapasiti terkini pengeluaran gula di kedua-dua kilang tersebut ialah 1.25 juta tan setahun.

Kilang ketiga di Tanjung Langsat ber*nilai AS$259 ju*ta (RM1.04 bi*lion) mempunyai kapasiti pe*ngeluaran gula seju*ta tan setahun sekali gus memboleh*kan MSM mempunyai kapasiti pengeluaran gula 2.25 juta tan setahun.

Pada Februari lalu, MSM membuka pejabat cawangannya di Dubai yang akan bertanggungjawab untuk pembelian dan pembekalan gula mentah dan gula bertapis bagi keperluan Kumpulan MSM.

Mohamad Amri pada masa sama tidak menafikan berdepan cabaran getir disebabkan pengu*kuhan dolar Amerika Syarikat (AS) yang menjadi mata wang dagang*an gula, serta harga gula mentah dunia yang meningkat 30 peratus dalam tempoh setahun.

“Saya mahu pastikan projek pembinaan kilang Johor ini berjalan lancar serta tidak melebihi kos yang telah ditetapkan. Kilang ini penting untuk kami terus berkembang. Ia tidak boleh dihentikan kerana dijangka kami akan mula menganugerahkan kontrak pembinaan kilang itu dalam masa terdekat,” kata*nya.

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20th August, 2016


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RANAU: Kerajaan melalui Jabatan Pertanian Sabah telah meletakan sektor pertanian khususnya tanaman padi sebagai yang terpenting dengan memberikan penekanan dalam pembangunan sektor itu.

Pengarahnya, Idrus Shafie berkata, untuk menyahut seruan itu, peruntukan sekitar RM19 juta setahun telah dibelanjakan jabatan dalam Rancangan Malaysia RMK10 untuk pembayaran subsidi pembajakan di seluruh Sabah.

Keperluan beras negeri Sabah pada tahun 2013 ialah 390,668 metrik tan (MT) untuk menampung penduduk seramai 3.4 juta orang berbanding pengeluaran 23.44 peratus atau 73,130 MT.Ini bermakna terdapat kekurangan keperluan beras sebanyak 76.56 peratus atau 317,538 MT dan 209,568 MT terpaksa diimport dari luar negara.

“Walaupun terdapat peningkatan keluasan penanaman padi di beberapa buah daerah,namun pada keseluruhannya keluasan fizikal padi di negeri ini didapati menurun akibat ditukar kepada kegunaan lain. Pada tahun 2013,dianggarkan keluasan fizikal pada 32,400 hektar (ha) berbanding 35,601 ha pada tahun 2010,” jelasnya.

Beliau berkata demikian semasa berucap merasmikan Penangguhan Kursus Motivasi dan Peningkatan Hasil Padi Ke Arah 10MT/ha Melalui Amalan Pertanian Baik 2016 di sini baru-baru ini.

Menurut Idrus, Laporan Keluasan dan Pengeluaran Tanaman Pertanian 2013 Jabatan Pertanian Sabah menunjukkan jumlah keluasan kawasan padi sawah bertanam di negeri ini pada tahun 2013 ialah 38,484 ha berbanding keluasan fizikal 35,601 ha pada tahun 2010.

“Jika dibandingkan pencapaian keluasan penanaman pada tahun 2012, terdapat penurunan sebanyak 14 peratus (5,316 ha) iaitu 37,976 ha yang disebabkan isu di luar kawalan jabatan di beberapa buah daerah utama penanaman padi seperti Pitas, Kota Belud, Papar, Tenom, Beaufort, Penampang dan Sepitang,” kata Idrus.

Bagaimanapun jelasnya, pencapaian pengeluaran hasil padi tahun 2013 adalah tidak jauh berbeza berbanding hasil tahun-tahun sebelumnya iaitu 102,525 MT dengan Purata Hasil sebanyak 3.14 MT/Ha.

Menyentuh berkenaan Tahap Sara Diri (SSL), Idrus memberitahu, ketika ini ianya pada paras sekitar 30 peratus setiap tahun dan berharap Tahap Sara Diri ini akan meningkat sehingga mencapai 60 peratus.

“Justeru, saya berharap agar semua Pegawai Pertanian Daerah yang terlibat dengan tanaman padi akan terus berusaha melaksanakan aktiviti meningkatkan keluasan tanah sawah yang bertanam melalui pelbagai program jabatan terutama sekali kawasan baik (K1).

“Membantu membangunkan kelompok-kelompok pengeluar padi komersial, menyerapkan teknologi terkini seperti penerapan Teknologi Peningkatan Hasil Padi Ke Arah 10MT sehektar,mengamalkan pengurusan Amalan Pertanian Baik (GAP) disamping memberi perhatian berkaitan potensi penglibatan sektor swasta dari segi bilangan keluasan, pelaburan dan sumbangan hasil padi akan mampu mencapai sasaran SSL,” tambahnya.

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NCIA PERUNTUK LEBIH RM4 JUTA UNTUK PROGRAM USAHAWAN PENGGANDA
Ogos 20, 2016
Ditulis oleh Berita RTM Published in Ekonomi


Larut - Pihak Berkuasa Pelaksanaan Koridor Utara (NCIA) memperuntukkan RM4.48 juta untuk program Pembangunan Usahawan Pengganda Koridor Utara bagi melahirkan lebih ramai usahawan ternak.

Ketua Eksekutif NCIA, Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak berkata program itu akan dilaksanakan di ladang komersial kambing boer nasional di Pondok Tanjung dekat sini yang mempunyai 1,125 ekor kambing betina dan 45 ekor kambing jantan.

"Program ini bertujuan melahirkan usahawan bagi membangunkan industri penternakan ruminan untuk mencapai sasaran pengeluaran daging kambing sebanyak 30 peratus tahap sara diri negara pada 2020," katanya.

Beliau bercakap kepada pemberita selepas perasmian Program Pembangunan Usahawan Pengganda Koridor Utara di Pondok Tanjung oleh Menteri Besar Perak, Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir.

Redza Rafiq berkata, program Pembangunan Usahawan Pengganda Koridor Utara itu merupakan anjuran bersama NCIA, Jabatan Perkhidmatan Veterinar selain mendapat sokongan syarikat Major Transglobal Sdn Bhd (MTG).

Pihaknya optimis pelaburan MTG sebanyak RM50 juta dapat menjayakan lagi projek tersebut, terutama dalam pemindahan pengetahuan dan latihan. "MTG akan melatih lima usahawan ternak di mana setiap orang diberikan lapan hektar kawasan untuk penternakan kambing dalam tempoh lima tahun.(Sumber-Bessar)

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KUALA LUMPUR: Crude palm oil (CPO) prices may rise to RM3,000 per tonne next year on the back of an increase in demand, especially from India, says Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Nasrun Mansur.

He said India needed palm oil from Malaysia to support its biodiesel industry.

"The Indian government has introduced biodiesel blends in its market and is currently negotiating to import our palm oil," he told reporters at the Palm Oil Familiarisation Programme (POFP) 2016 in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.

The CPO price hit RM2,798 per tonne last Wednesday, the highest recorded so far this year.

Nasrun said the Government is working tirelessly to utilise existing palm oil stock in the country to ensure price stability.

"If our (palm oil) products are dependent on overseas demand, prices will not be stable, as there may be a time when imports will fall short of demand," he added.

Nasrun said India was Malaysia's biggest importer of palm oil, exceeding China last year.

Malaysia's total palm oil production in 2015 amounted to an all-time high of 19.96 million tonnes. Exports totalled 17.441 million tonnes worth RM41.23 billion.

In 2015, palm oil and palm oil products contributed RM62.22 billion to the country's export earnings and employment was more than 600,000 in all sectors of the industry.

"To further strengthen (position), the Malaysian Palm Oil Board will be opening two regional offices, in Mumbai (India) and Tehran (Iran), to facilitate technical support and advisory services," said Nasrun.

The 36th POFP is designed to provide participants with a basic knowledge on the dynamics of the Malaysian oil palm industry, its related sectors and activities. - Bernama
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Bornion-Guangdong rubber plantation bearing fruit
August 24, 2016, Wednesday


Chen trying to tap rubber while Teo (left) and others look on.

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SOOK: The joint venture (JV) between Bornion Timber Sdn Bhd and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group Co Ltd of China in rubber forest plantation in Forest Management Unit (FMU11) here has finally come into fruition as the rubber trees are now ready to tap.

Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang officiated at the rubber tapping ceremony of Bornion Guangken Rubber Sdn Bhd (BGR), a JV company formed by Bornion Timber and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group yesterday.

Teo said BGR had planted more than four million rubber trees over 15,000 hectares since the company’s ground breaking and rubber tree planting ceremony which was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman in 2009.

He said BGR was the largest JV project in Sabah whereby USD80 million investment fund had been channeled from China to the State for the rubber forest plantation.

“Datuk Wee Kok Tiong, the managing director of Bornion Timber, has set a target to plant six million rubber trees or more.

“This is a major achievement, especially to the people in Sook, because this is the largest rubber estate in Malaysia,” Teo said when officiating at the event at Bornion Timber Base Camp at Ulu Milan Forest Reserve here.

BGR is undertaking about 30,000 hectares of rubber forest plantation in FMU11.

The idea to jointly develop the rubber forest plantation between Bornion Timber and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group began in 2006.

On September 13, 2008, Musa witnessed the signing ceremony of the JV agreement between both companies, after which BGR was officially formed. Musa subsequently officiated at the ground breaking ceremony of BGR on July 6, 2009.

At present, Teo said BGR had recruited more than 1,000 employees to work on the rubber plantation, of which over 90 per cent of them were locals.

“I am confident that as BGR begins to tap the rubber trees, the company will need more rubber tappers and workers to process (the latex) in the factory.

“Perhaps in the future we will need 5,000 workers, who can be recruited from Sook, Nabawan and Keningau,” he said.

Teo added that BGR was also committed in its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme by allowing Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) students, especially those studying agriculture and forestry, to stay for a month at the base camp to gain practical experience.

He said Bornion Timber was one of the FMU firms which has shown and was awarded for its outstanding performance in forest management.

Teo also lauded Wee as a visionary man for the latter had turned tree roots, which most see as worthless items, into invaluable wood sculptures that were exhibited at the event yesterday.

He said Wee had shipped the tree roots to be carved in China and insisted on bringing the sculptures back to Sabah despite being offered high price for the artwork.

“The tree roots are worthless but after they have been carved into sculptures, they become priceless art masterpieces.

“This carries an important message. Sabah is blessed with rich natural resources, vast areas of fertile land, mountains, sea, rivers, beautiful islands, oil and gas.

“We know we have these resources, but do we realize we can maximize their potential in Sabah?”

Teo said Sabahans should know how to maximize the potential of our resources so that Sabah could become a progressive state where the people enjoy a higher standard of living.

On the other hand, Teo said diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China has been established since 1974.

Malaysia and China have the closest ties in the Southeast Asia region as well as have frequent exchanges at both the governmental and people-to-people levels.

“Under the Belt and Road initiative advocated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, we hope to see more collaborations between Malaysian and China companies.

“I and Chen Peijie (Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu), look forward to seeing more China-based companies collaborate with local enterprises in Sabah in order to create a win-win situation for all.”

Meanwhile, Chen said the JV between Bornion Timber and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group was an exemplar of a successful and mutually beneficial partnership as both companies complement each other in agricultural technology, financial resources, management and resource allocation.

In recent years, Chen said Sabah has been encouraging China and other foreign investors to develop the tourism, agriculture, oil and gas industries in the State.

“We hope to see more China companies in Sabah. And we look forward to more collaborations between both countries.”

On the other hand, Wee said the Sabah State Government approved Bornion Timber a 100-year sustainable forest management licence for 100,000 hectares of FMU. In 2005, Bornion Timber began planting rubber trees at the FMU.

In 2006, Wee said the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Kuching facilitated a meeting between Bornion Timber and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group, which resulted in the signing of a 50-year JV agreement witnessed by Musa in the same year.

Guangdong Agribusiness Group Corporation chairman Lei Yong Jian added that Bornion Timber and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group signed another agreement in March this year to expand the rubber forest plantation to 200,000 acres.

“After seven years, the partnership between Bornion Timber and Guangdong Guangken Rubber Group has grown stronger and closer,” he said.

Also present at the event was Assistant Minister to the Chief Minister, Datuk Ellron Angin.
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