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Strive to have MSPO certification by end of 2019 – Nogeh
Tarikh : 23 Apr 2018  Sumber Berita: The Borneo Post Online
 

BAU: Oil palm planters, including smallholders in Sarawak must strive to get Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification before end of next year.


Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Datuk Anthony Nogeh said the MSPO is important as the government wants to move forward in ensuring the sustainability of palm oil.

“When we make products, we need to market them. For example, when we produce palm oil, we need to sell it to Europe, China, India, Pakistan, USA, and others.

“But when we want to sell our products to the international market, we need to achieve a certain level of standard, especially in terms of food security.

“My ministry emphasises the importance of food security. In as far as palm oil is concerned, it must be safe for consumption,” he said at the closing of an awareness programme for NCR Oil Palm Small-holders on MSPO certification at the civic centre here yesterday.

Nogeh also said the production of palm oil must be sustainable; that the producers do not destroy the environment and the world.

He said in as far as smallholders in Sarawak are concerned, oil palms are planted in secondary forest and not virgin forest.

“Secondary forests were cleared decades ago by their forefathers, to plant padi, rubber or fruit trees.

“What the small holders do in Sarawak now is that they replaced the rubber and fruit trees with oil palm. They do not destroy any primary forest.

“Our small holders plant their oil palm is native customary rights (NCR) and temuda land, There are no  orang utans in temuda land,” he said.

To ensure the sustainability of palm oil, Nogeh called on all the small holders in Sarawak to cooperate with the government and comply with MSPO certification to help elevate the Malaysian palm oil industry to the global standard.

He said MSPO would also benefit the planters more because the anti-palm oil lobbyists and Western NGOs would have no reason to criticise Malaysian palm oil further.

The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities has announced that MSPO certification would become mandatory for all Malaysian palm oil producers, including smallholders, by December 2019.

This certification programme, first launched in 2015, helps ensure that all palm oil produced in the country is as good for the economy as it is for the environment and the Malaysian people.

The certification provides general principles for the production of sustainable palm oil that covers the 3Ps (People, Planet, Profit) in Malaysia.

Upon full implementation of MSPO certification, it is hoped that buyers will know that Malaysian oil palm and its related products are sustainably produced.

Tasik Biru assemblyman Datuk Henry Harry Jinep was also present at the function.