Kok refutes ‘India boycotting M’sian palm oil’ claims
Published on: Tuesday, January 14, 2020
By: Bernama
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KUALA SELANGOR: Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok Monday dismissed reports that India has called for a boycott of Malaysian palm oil.

She said it was learned from several discussions that Indian palm oil buyers want Malaysia to increase its export of crude palm oil and reduce the export of refined palm oil.

“What boycott? They just want us (Malaysia) to export more crude palm oil and reduce the export of refined palm oil,” she told reporters after a briefing on the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme and a dialogue with Selangor oil palm growers, here.

Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) director-general Dr Ahmad Parveez Ghulam Kadir and Malaysian Palm Oil Certification Council (MPOCC) chief executive officer Chew Jit Seng were also present at the event.

Kok was responding to queries on recent media reports of a move by India to boycott Malaysian palm oil.

The minister urged more oil palm smallholders in Selangor to secure the MSPO certification for their crop, saying that only 4.5 per cent of the 45,000 hectares of oil palm smallholdings in Selangor had the certification and the number was very low. – Bernama



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