Join us as we go on exclusive interviews with three major players in the palm oil industry from both Indonesia and Malaysia. They candidly open up about their overview of this year’s palm oil industry in Indonesia and Malaysia what can we expect between now and 2021. No crystal balls involved, just factual opinions, and some guidance helping us sail through these turbulent times.
Background of our three palm oil experts in the hot seats
Established in 1999 as a single umbrella entity to replace 3 large plantation sector organizations, namely, the Rubber Growers Association (RGA), the United Planting Association of Malaysia (UPAM), and th e Malaysian Oil Palm Growers Council (MOPGC).MPOA has been tasked with the important function of balancing the needs and interests of the various sectors for synergy and development of the plantation industry as a whole.
Though a crop-specific body that will focus on oil palm, MPOA also serves the interest of other plantation tree crops such asrubber, coconut, cocoa, sugar cane, etc. It includes non-crop issues relating to labor, trade, pricing, and sustainability. As an integrated single, powerful voice, MPOA represents the complex need of the plantation industry more effectively particularly now that the economy is being rapidly globalized.
Today, MPOA has a membership comprising of 120 companies including all the big players in Malaysia with a combined planted hectares of close to 2 million hectares or 40% of the planted oil palm area in Malaysia. It is the single largest association representing the industry in Malaysia.
Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), established on 1st May 2020, is a government agency responsible for the development of the oil palm industry in Malaysia. Functioning under the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities, its main role is to promote and develop national objectives, policies, and priorities for the well-being of the Malaysian oil palm industry.
To drive the industry forward, MPOB focuses on research and development along the entire value spectrum of the oil palm industry. It embraces a 3-pronged strategy to maximize synergies between economic development, environmental stewardship, and value addition to ensure that future growth is carried out within a sustainable framework. MPOB engages in cutting-edge science and innovative technologies and over the years has won many awards, both local and international.
It plays a pivotal role in promoting industry excellence that resonates with its mission – to enhance the well-being of the Malaysian oil palm industry through research, development, and excellent services. MPOB’s vision is to become the premier Nobel Laureateproducing research and development institution, providing leadership and impetus for the development of a highly diversified, value-added, globally competitive and sustainable oil palm industry.
The Palm Oil Refiners Association of Malaysia (PORAM) was formed in 1975 primarily as a representative voice to the government and other stakeholders on matters related to the palm oil industry. As a trade association, PORAM is a voluntary and non-profit organization. Its members comprise of companies involved in the refining and related downstream processing of palm oil, palm kernel oil and other vegetable oils including ancillary services.
Being a trade association, PORAM is a voluntary, non-profit organization. Its members comprise of companies involved in the refining and related downstream processing of palm oil, palm kernel oil and other vegetable oils including ancillary services.
Through PORAM, palm oil refiners in Malaysia can act collectively and in unison to ensure that the government understands and recognizes the needs and problems of the industry at all times.
PORAM is represented in the relevant government bodies, among which are:
· Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB)
· Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC)
1. Thank you for taking the time to join us for this interview. Just to warm all of you up a little, so during this period where everyone is kept working from home, what is your daily routine like?
MPOA: Since the COVID-19 lockdown or what we called in Malaysia, Movement Control Order (MCO) effective 18th of March, the MPOA Secretariat were kept busy and played a pivotal role towards first, convincing and getting the government to allow the plantation sector to continue operating as well as ensuring all our members’ needs are taken care of by interfacing with the relevant authorities. As a result, the plantation sectors, except for one day in Malaysia and another 14 days in Sabah, have been spared the agony of closing and ceasing operation.