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Malaysia Files Against EU on Palm Oil Biofuels

The Malaysia’s government reported of a legal measure against the European Union (EU) over palm oil-based biofuel restrictions. Labeling the European Renewable Energy Directive as a “discriminatory action”, Malaysia looks for settlement through WTO, according to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC). Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali, the minister of MPIC, believes that the EU is enforcing the directive while ignoring the country’s dedication and viewpoints. He said the EU won’t regard palm oil biofuel in the renewable energy categories and has imposed improper restrictions on Malaysia’s palm oil. And that’s why the ministry wishes to seek WTO’s help regarding EU’s Renewable Energy Directive II. Malaysia is the second largest palm oil producer after Indonesia. Samira H.
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

Sime Darby Plantation to Go With High-yield Materials

Sime Darby Plantation, the largest producer of sustainable palm oil in the world, is aimed to double its production in the near future. Located in Malaysia, the company is raising its seedling production in the next 3 years. Earlier in June, it declared its intention to scale up its edible palm oil production by 20%. David Appleton, the head of biotechnology and breeding at Sime Darby, said that an area of 2,500 hectares with high-yield palms has taken the place of formerly old, low-yield produce. Another 1,000 hectares per year is to be added to complete the project by 2023. The new project to enhance palm-oil production comes at a time when producers are struggling to combat the pandemic. Two major goals are to increase production and reduce the planting costs. Sime Darby has also planned to market GenomeSelect seeds in order to help other producers grow their crops. Additionally deciding to conduct oil palm genome research to offer others in the industry, Sime Darby is taking a large step to resist deforestation. Leading producers in Malaysia and Indonesia have been criticized because of extensive damage to tropical rain forests in the last few years. Samira H. 
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

EU's Ban on Palm Oil

Palm oil producers in Asia, who have long been arguing with the European Union over the imports of the oil, have decided to work with the European Commission to plan some standards for EU’s new policy - “Farm to Fork” - on food supply. Farm to Fork is a collective movement to enhance food served in restaurants and cafeterias, through a direct access to both farm and non-farm producers. Removing palm fuels from its renewable energy sector, the EU is planning to limit 3-MCPD esters in food products, which are found in refined oils. The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries has released a new statement supporting the Farm to Fork strategy by the European Commission. The major members of CPOPC, including Malaysia and Indonesia, account for 85% of the palm oil production in the world. The EU is resolved to go with its food program on palm oil to ensure a healthful food system and adopt environmental sustainability considerations. CPOPC, falling out with the EU over cutting out palm oil and thereby affecting the industry, filed a lawsuit at WTO last December. Samira H. 
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By Samira Hassanzadeh on October 19, 2021

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