First container of organic palm oil from Malaysia

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The project began in late 2020 to adapt existing plantations to organic and sustainable development with the goal of being able to supply and export high-quality organic palm oil for the organic food industry.

 The invitees were representatives of IOI from Malaysia, representatives of the trade section of the Malaysian Embassy, The Hague and Matrade, Rotterdam. Representatives from the certifying control organization Control Union and QTI laboratory.

The partner involved, Manuport, in exporting, importing and transporting the first containers of organic palm oil.

MVO, the Dutch trade association for oils and fats. Some companies already buying organic palm oil and looking forward to the organic palm oil from Malaysia which has a special quality in hardness.

Teun Eigenraam, who kind of grew up among Malaysian oil palms, gave a presentation to tell about the process of getting these plantations organic.

Not just no use of fertilizers and pesticides but a totally different approach for growing and processing by modifying the process using only natural resources.

Adapting locally with advisors and supervisors for growing, transporting to the mill for processing. After a period of three years conversion to the total organic concept.

All organic palm oil is for export to Europe and the USA.

Poppe Braam of DIDIT is familiar with organic palm oil projects from different parts of the world and has guided the project by his knowledge. With a presentation of photos and film, he  shows what is different about these plantations.

Instead of transport by tractor, buffalo are used. The same buffalo live under the palms eat the grass and at the same time fertilize the soil. A problem are rats that are fond of the palm fruits. Among the trees are owl boxes, the owls keep the rats under control as well as special dogs trained for this purpose.

Each shipment of palm fruit has its own storage for processing the palm fruit and palm kernels.

A special video of an interview by Christine Tan of CNBC, Singapore with IOI's board chairman, Dato' Lee Yeow Chor, showing the interest in Malaysia in this project.

 Water and fruit on the plantations are regularly checked for residues and there is already a big increase in birds and insects.