More EU countries pledge support against palm oil ban

THE government is confident to change the European Union’s (EU) standpoint to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 with more European countries having pledged support to Malaysia against the EU resolution. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (picture) said the ministry has managed to secure close to 50% of the total European leaders to show support against the ban. “The council of ministers are focusing on Europe’s six biggest countries, which are Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain and Poland,” Mah told reporters at a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Ensuring palm oil sustainability

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said 633,232 ha of oil palm plantation and 59 mills have voluntarily obtained the Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification as of January. There are 5.7 million ha of oil palm plantation and 454 mills in the country. “We want to prove to the world that we are very committed towards ensuring palm oil is produced sustainably, and this is why we are embarking on the MSPO certification.

Malaysian palm oil price pares gains on less than expected output drop

Malaysian palm oil futures fell on Thursday evening, ending the day slightly weaker after posting gains at noon, as market sentiment turned bearish on a less than expected drop in output. The market was up earlier on the back of a weaker ringgit and overnight gains in soyoil on the U.S. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).

Elephant-human conflict: Sabah Wildlife Dept captures aggressive female elephant in Telupid

Sabah Wildlife Department has captured an aggressive female elephant Wednesday following villagers’ complaints. This was made possible by the department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit. NSTP has recently reported that the human-elephant conflict here has grown rampant with sightings of two herds of about 20 elephants reported at Kampung Gambaron and its surrounding areas since early this year. The Wildlife Rescue Unit has been stationed at the area around the clock to contain the situation involving the large herd of elephants, including four baby elephants.

Malaysia's palm oil producers committed towards sustainability: Mah

Malaysia is pulling all stops to increase the environment factor as the basis in developing the country's palm oil industry, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said today. Under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme, he said, about 625,900ha of oil palm planted areas in the country had been certified. "This is a 160 per cent (384,110ha) increase of MSPO total certified area, from 241,790ha in June 2017 to 625,900ha as of January this year.

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