MPOB strives to register smallholders as oil palm planters cooperative members – Willie

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Willie (second left) hands over the RM200,000 mock cheque to KPSM Daerah Serian Berhad.

KUCHING (Nov 19): The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) is working hard to encourage Private Smallholders (PKPs) to register as members of Sustainable Oil Palm Planters Cooperative (KPSM), said Plantation Industries and Commodities Deputy Minister Datuk Willie Mongin.

He found that many smallholders in Simunjan have not registered as cooperative members even though the nearest KPSM to them in Asajaya is already operating.

“Therefore, I understand that MPOB is working hard to encourage PKPs to register as KPSM members,” he said during the Jelajah Agrikomoditi programme to the site of the KSPM Daerah Serian Berhad weighing centre located in Kampung Sabun, Simunjan, today.

Willie said the government is concerned about the implementation of KPSM throughout the country and said he hoped the cooperative members and residents of Kampung Sabun could earn additional returns and generate higher income with the existence of the KPSM Daerah Serian Berhad ramp site in the village.

“Based on the latest MPOB data, there are 37,532 licensed PKPs with a total area of ​​oil palm plantations of 132,976 hectares throughout the state of Sarawak.

“However, until October 2021, the number of PKPs who have become members of the 18 KPSMs in Sarawak is only 3,455 people. This means that less than 10 per cent of all PKPs in Sarawak have been registered as KPSM members,” he said.

Willie expressed the hope that promotions and announcements to increase the involvement of Sarawak PKPs in KPSM after this can be doubled so that more PKPs will enjoy the benefits and advantages as cooperative members.

At the function, Willie symbolically handed over a cheque amounting to RM200,000 for the construction of the weighing centre to KPSM Daerah Serian Berhad.