Board: Over 85% of lo­cal oil palm plan­ta­tions MSPO cer­ti­fied

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 85% of Malaysia’s 5.9 mil­lion hectares of oil palm plan­ta­tion and about 90% of 452 palm oil mills have ob­tained the Malaysian Sus­tain­able Palm Oil (MSPO) cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as at July 30.

Ad­di­tion­ally, 99.64% or 231,576 or­gan­ised small­hold­ers with 679,075ha of palm oil plan­ta­tions have re­ceived their MSPO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“The Plan­ta­tion In­dus­tries and Com­modi­ties Min­istry and the MPOB have been ac­tively try­ing to make sure that all pri­vate small­hold­ers will get their MSPO cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

“Pri­vate small­hold­ers un­der the sus­tain­able palm oil clus­ters (SPOC) will be guided by MPOB’s guid­ance and coun­selling of­fi­cers in im­ple­ment­ing best agri­cul­tural prac­tices to pre­pare for the MSPO group cer­ti­fi­ca­tion,” it said.

As at July this year, 162 SPOC groups na­tion­wide have been cer­ti­fied, in­volv­ing 62,009 small­hold­ers with 237,876ha of oil palm plan­ta­tion.

MPOB said one of the chal­lenges in cer­ti­fy­ing pri­vate small­hold­ers is own­er­ship sta­tus, which is re­lated to tem­po­rary land ti­tles, en­croached land and chang­ing land use to oil palm cul­ti­va­tion. – Ber­nama

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