Ministry confident of achieving MSPO goal by Jan 1, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Ministry of Primary Industries is fully confident of achieving the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification by Jan 1, 2020.

Deputy Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin said as at February 2019, some 30% out of 5.8 million ha had been certified.

He said there was good progress among the organised group such as those under the Federal Land Development Authority and Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority towards the MSPO certification.

On the other hand, he said compliance among smallholders in the disorganised group, who made up about 12% of estate owners in the country, remained a concern, hence, continuous effort was needed to get them certified.

“We have to do it whether we like it or not. The entire industries that relate to palm oil must be on the ground to ensure the promises to consumers are fulfilled,” he told Bernama at a luncheon organised by Gamalux Oils Sdn Bhd in conjunction with the Palm and Lauric Oils Price Outlook Conference & Exhibition today.

Shamsul Iskandar said the MSPO adoption was one of the ways to counter the sustainability issue raised by the European Union (EU), retain the market and show Malaysia’s commitment towards the United Nation’s sustainability development goals.