Sunday, August 02, 2009

Scenes - Sarikei Palm Oil Industry

Sarikei Oil Palm Industry 2008
Pan-Borneo Highway

If you take the Kuching-Sarikei road trip, you will increasingly see more oil palms on the pan-Borneo highway. Since the demise of the cocoa industry, the palm oil industry has been growing in prominence. The palm oil industry is not new in Sarawak though. The Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad (SOP) was formed in 1968 to pioneer the commercial planting of oil palms.

Sarikei Oil Palm Industry 2007
Young Oil Palms

Palm oil is used as cooking oil, for making magarine and is an ingredient in many types of processed food. It can be used to make soaps, washing powder and personal care products. It is also used as a feedstock for biofuels.

Sarikei Oil Palm Industry 2008
Truck carrying its harvest to the factory

Oil palm is native to West Africa and was introduced to Malaya in 1910 by by Scotsman William Sime and English banker Henry Darby. The initial plantations were operated by Britsh owners like Sime Darby. In the 1960s, a major oil palm plantation initiative was introduced by Malaysian government with the aim of solving the issue of rural poverty. (Source: Wikipedia).

Oil Palm fruit
Source: Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad.

Sarikei Oil Palm Factory 2007
Factory at Saratok between Sri Aman and Sarikei

Palm oil products are made using milling and refining process. Firstly, you fractionate it to produce the solid and liquid. Then by melting and degumming, impurities are removed and then the oil filtered and bleached. Next, refining removes smells and colouration to produce refined bleached deodorized palm oil (RBDPO for making cooking oil, etc) and free sheer fatty acids (for making soap, etc). (Source: Wikiepdia)

Sarikei Oil Palm Industry 2008

Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd plans to invest an initial RM100 million to develop oil palm plantations on Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands in Julau (55km from Sarikei). For those involved, their future lies in the palm of their oily hands or rather in the oil palms...


kaiger said...

Sarikei has gone through many rounds of agricultural cycles - from rubber, pepper, oil palm now, people goes for higher yielding crops. Hope it is the right decision this round....

leetiungping 李忠平 said...

Sarikei ada banyak tanah kosong yang masih belum bagai. Saya harap kita bo pilih seorang YB yg betul-betul bo tolong bangunkan industri pertanian kelapa sawit di Sarikei. Kerana Industri pertanian kelapa sawit yg dimiliki oleh peladang kecil masih belum dibangunkan. seperti para petani yg hanya ada keluasan tanah kurang dari 10 ekar, sudah digunakan utk menanam kelapa sawit sebab para petani tidak mampu membayar kos pengangkutan yg tinggi.

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