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Expect Haze to keep coming back every year
Just can't stay away
2006/7/12 8:45
From Kuching
Posts: 789
Here are the reasons why the Haze will never go away, logging is gonna continue, and Penan girls are gonna get raped again.

Anyone watch the programme on Asia Food Channel called 'Palm Oil: Good Fat Bad Fat'? I swear it must be sponsored by the Malaysian Govt because it is so pro-palm oil.

In any case the Malaysian Palm Oil Council said on the programme when interviewed that they support sustainable Palm Oil Farming.

I guess their views doesn't extend to the views of SOPPOA here. What a bummer.

Association opposes proposals on palm oil
By Conny Banji

SIBU: The Sarawak Oil Palm Plantation Owners Association (Soppoa) members yesterday opposed the proposals by Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) working group.

RSPO CONSULTANT: Brinkmann (left) presents his arguments to the audience.

Soppoa cannot agree with the document as its stands do not reflect the truth on the ground, its chairman Datuk Abdul Hamed Abdul Sepawi told reporters at a press conference after a public consultation meeting to discuss the criteria for greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) organised by RSPO at a hotel here.

The meeting was facilitated by RSPO consultant, Netherland-based Arjen Brinkmann from Brinkmann Consultant, and American scientist Tim Killen and attended by various oil palm companies.

Hamed said the association objected to the inclusion of greenhouse gases emissions into the principles and criteria for palm oil production.

“We are also opposed to their proposal to stop new planting in peat areas as this will have great impact on people especially in rural areas of Sarawak where most of plantations are.

“We argued in terms of selective scientific data used as we feel that are a lot of deficiencies in the reports prepared by RSPO.

“A lot of exaggerated figures are used as a basis to stop the development of palm oil plantations on peat soil,” he said.

RSPO is a voluntary international organisation formed in 2004 with the objective of promoting the growth and use of sustainable oil palm products through credible global standards and engagement of stakeholders.

When the RSPO principles and criteria were first agreed to in 2005, GHG emissions from palm oil production were not included within RSPO as oil palm is primarily a food crop.

Last March, RSPO established a multi-stakeholder working group on GHG emissions where the group has undertaken a scientific literature review of GHG emissions from palm oil production which has led to the formulation of proposals for amendments of the current principles and criteria that is to include specific measures to reduce GHG emissions.

SOPPOA has 450 members with 90 per cent of them being Sarawak-based companies.

The state government is targeting one million hectares of land in the state to be planted with oil palm by next year.

As of now, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board recorded a total of 750,000ha of land in Sarawak have been planted with the crop.

On a related matter, Hamed said Soppoa invites RSPO to study palm oil plantations on peat soil in Sarawak.

“They must do research because without it they cannot say Sarawak or Malaysia and Indonesia should stop the development of peat soil for planting oil palm.

“No other crop is under this stringent requirement on GHG emissions. Why oil palm and not other crop? RSPO still cannot answer that,” he lamented.

Hamed added that Soppoa members feel that some of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs), especially those in Europe, have an ulterior motive as Malaysian palm oil is very competitive in the world market.

“Are they trying to colonise our economy by attacking our oil palm to make it less competitive in the European market?”

The current price of CPO (crude palm oil) in the world market is US$600 per tonne while the production cost is US$400 per tonne.

Chiew Jit Seng who chaired the meeting said in his concluding remarks that the working group of RSPO should re-look at the matter before it is taken to Copenhagen meeting in Denmark in the first week of December this year.


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Re: Expect Haze to keep coming back every year
Just can't stay away
2008/1/18 2:36
From Kuching
Posts: 2294
oh dear. as i thought palm oil can overcome the future black gold crisis.

and who knows they can make a problem out of a solution. GREED!

Posted on: 2009/9/10 12:43
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Re: Expect Haze to keep coming back every year
Home away from home
2006/3/14 18:28
From Kuching/ Putrajaya
Posts: 442
that bcoz u r not listened rather thar heard what they talking about. for comparison, the same amount of land in acres produces 6 times more than any other plant producing oil i.e soy, corn, olive. for corn and soy, u need to burnt the soil every time u plant it, whereas palm oil tree need to replant every 10-15 years. in spain, they used 50% of their land for agriculture porposes compared to us only 1%. for indonesia, we cannot do much bcoz indonesia is soverign country who has their own law that totally different from us.

Posted on: 2009/9/10 15:23
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