A 100-Year Jour­ney: Cel­e­brat­ing 100 years of Malaysian Palm Oil

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THE oil palm tree has been the bedrock of Malaysia’s econ­omy, so­cio-devel­op­ment, po­lit­i­cal sta­bil­ity and abil­ity to innovate. As we mark the cen­te­nary of its cul­ti­va­tion this year, we look back at 10 mile­stones to un­der­stand the chal­lenges and ef­forts that have gone into pro­duc­ing palm oil. As a sus­tain­able crop, the oil palm plays a crit­i­cal role in help­ing to feed more than three bil­lion peo­ple in over 150 coun­tries. Feed­ing an ad­di­tional two bil­lion peo­ple by 2050 with limited arable land will be no small task.

The oil palm is eight to 10 times more pro­duc­tive than other ma­jor oilseed crops; highly ef­fi­cient with a high out­put-to-in­put en­ergy ra­tio; and ex­tremely ver­sa­tile in its uses, in­clud­ing the biomass waste gen­er­ated. In 2016, Malaysia pro­duced 29.4% of the global palm oil out­put on a mere 0.1% of global agri­cul­tural land. Malaysian palm oil is renowned for its high qual­ity and us­abil­ity. With im­prove­ments in pro­cess­ing tech­nolo­gies, it can be eas­ily tai­lored to meet spec­i­fi­ca­tions of end-users. It is highly sought af­ter for var­i­ous ap­pli­ca­tions in food and non-food in­dus­tries, mak­ing it a true global prod­uct.

On May 18 2017, a spe­cial event will be held at Ten­na­ma­ram Es­tate, Batang Ber­jun­tai, Se­lan­gor, where it all be­gan, to cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of Malaysian Palm Oil.

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