Abundant and sustainable talipot palm trees supply natural products

Cambodia has millions of sugar palms dotting the countryside and the multi-purpose tree is a national icon. Another lesser-known type of palm tree – the talipot palm – is not as common in Cambodia and has had less obvious uses traditionally for agriculture or industry. Now, ...

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Making palm oil more sustainable

Palm oil has long been a major economic backbone of Southeast Asian economies, notably Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. But the undeniable environmental impact of extensive deforestation, haze and forest fires caused by oil palm plantations has given the industry a bad reputation that has been ...

APIRADEE TREERUTKUARKUL

New measures to tackle oil palm downward pricing trend

The Ministry of Commerce has stressed the government’s efforts to solve low pricing of oil palm kernels, bringing forward measures over the next two months to bring down the stock volume to a normal level. The Department of Internal Trade Director General, Wichai Phochanakij revealed today ...

Harassed by palm oil company, Thai village defends land

As he manoeuvred his pick-up truck along the dirt track leading to his village of Klong Sai Pattana one afternoon, Supot Kalasong, 42, heard a loud bang. He had been driving home after getting an oil-change in a nearby town and for a split second, ...

Hong Kong cleans up 93 tonnes of palm oil, shuts 13 beaches after huge spill

Hong Kong stepped up efforts on Wednesday to clean up a massive palm oil spill, with authorities scooping up more than 90 tonnes of foul-smelling, styrofoam-like clumps in one of the worst environmental disasters to blight the territory’s waters. Dead fish, shells, rocks, plastic bottles ...

Indonesia seeks to boost palm oil, paper trade

Việt Nam’s import of palm oil and paper from Indonesia could experience a year-on-year increase of 38 per cent, Indonesian ambassador to Việt Nam Ibnu Hadi said on Wednesday.Keep reading ...

Malaysia, Indonesia to take EU curbs on palm oil to WTO

Malaysia and Indonesia plan to raise the prospect of European Union curbs on the imports of palm oil with the World Trade Organisation, both countries said in a joint statement on Sunday.Keep reading ...

100 rai of violated land seized by officials on Koh Lanta

Department of Forestry and allied officials on Thursday seized about 100 rai of land in Phuket’s Koh Lanta that had been encroached upon by parties they described as “too powerful, unfazed by law and willing to threaten authorities with death”.More than 30 officials from several ...

Oil retailers urged to hold more biodiesel

Oil retailers have been urged to stock up on biodiesel to help absorb more palm crude supply from the market, which would indirectly push up the price of palm fruit and support farmers, says to the Commerce Ministry.Keep reading ...

FSC to investigate Korean conglomerate’s palm oil operations in Indonesia

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), one of the world’s most influential sustainable forestry certification bodies, has announced that it will investigate the Indonesian oil palm operations of Korean agribusiness conglomerate Korindo in response to a formal complaint submitted by environmental group Mighty Earth. The group ...

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