• By The Financial District


A total of 5.14 million hectares, or 87.1 per cent, of the 5.9 million hectares under oil palm cultivation in the country have obtained the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification as at Sept 22, 2020, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.

In a statement issued to the Malaysian news agency Bernama on September 26, government said 420 oil palm mills, or 92.92 per cent, of 452 oil palm mills have also received the MSPO certification. The development comes as the Associated Press (AP) reported abuses in palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia, with workers complaining of low wages and substandard labor and health and welfare practices.

For private smallholders, he said all 162 Sustainable Palm Oil Clusters (SPOCs) nationwide have obtained the MSPO certification involving the participation of 78,623 private smallholders covering ​​243,515 hectares (24.69 per cent) and 215,064 smallholders under the supervision of federal and state agencies spanning ​​711,196 hectares (98.48 per cent.)

“In Sarawak, the 32 SPOCs established have obtained the MSPO certificatation involving 18,161 smallholders covering ​​101,307 hectares. The oil palm cultivation area certified is 50.15 per cent of the total area cultivated by private smallholders, which is 202,016 hectares in Sarawak," he said.

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