MPOB's tunas officers to help smallholders obtain MSPO certification
Last update: 26/06/2019
MELAKA, June 25 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Palm Oil Board’s (MPOB) Tunas (technology advisory and transfer services) officers will identify and approach smallholders nationwide to help them obtain Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification.
Deputy Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said the initiative being undertaken by the ministry was to ensure more than 600,000 smallholders in the country were certified by January 2020.
He said among the issues faced by smallholders included the lack of land titles for palm oil cultivation as well as capital or provisions for more sustainable palm oil cultivation activities.
"Most of the issues faced by smallholders in the country are technical issues, and we are confident it can be solved with the help of MPOB’s Tunas Officers because the procedure to apply for the certificate is not too complicated and there is no fee charged,” he told reporters after officiating the Melaka state-level 2019 Kelab Malaysiaku Rukun Negara Sketch Competition at the Panggung Sari auditorium here, today.
Also present at the event were Melaka Information Department director Mohd Rizal Hashim and Melaka National Culture and Arts Department (JKKN) senior assistant director Norlela Abdul Karim.
Commenting further, Shamsul Iskandar said to date, about 35 to 40 per cent of the smallholders nationwide had managed to get the MSPO certification, however, he was confident that more smallholders would obtain it soon.
He said the certification was important to ensure an increase in productivity and quality of the palm oil cultivated through good agricultural practices, which in turn would generate higher income for the smallholders involved.