SDP partners SALCRA to boost Sarawak’s palm oil industry

By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH

Sime Darby Plantation Bhd (SDP) has partnered Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) to elevate Sarawak’s oil palm industry standards by raising its operational efficiency and productivity.

The plantation group said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the state agency to form a collaborative framework that aims to establish and solidify the commercial cooperation within the palm oil value chain.

“The collaboration is intended to uplift Sarawak’s palm oil industry standards in terms of operational efficiency and productivity through the best agronomic practices.

“It also aims to inculcate and enhance the sustainability awareness for higher operational performance and bottom-line achievement,” SDP said in a statement yesterday.

Under the partnership, both parties are expected to combine their resources and expertise to discuss matters relating to the oil palm plantation and the crop’s value chain within Sarawak.

“SDP and SALCRA will collaborate in evaluating the agricultural materials such as oil palm seedlings and saplings, cover crop seeds, fertiliser, herbicide, pesticide, agro-chemicals and agricultural tools.

“Also, SDP and SALCRA will join forces on management, consultancy services and training in respect to the plantation development, cultivation and processing, as well as new planting and replan-ting exercises,” it said.

“The MoU also includes other activities that are beneficial to other parties in the value chain, such as the logistics sector and to other agricultural businesses,” it said.