Oil palm plantation to remain operational

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH/ pic by BLOOMBERG

Malaysia’s oil palm plantation will be allowed to operate with tight standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place if the country undergoes another movement control order.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the industry has been better equipped  on the safest way for the workers at the plantations to continue working based from the previous MCO last year.

“When we had the MCO beginning March last year, it showed that the industry can survive when the plantations are allowed to continue as usual.

“Last year, we were late in recognising the importance of keeping the industry in operation during the pandemic and now we are better prepared.

“The government ensures that the oil palm plantations in the country will be allowed to operate if there is another MCO,” he said at the press conference of Palm Oil Economic Review and Outlook (R&O) Virtual Conference 2021 in Bangi today.

He added that so far, there have been no cases detected at oil palm plantations, which is the testament on the tight SOPs adhered by palm oil companies.