MPOA urges the government to halt trade deals with EU until ban on palm oil lifted

05.02.2018

Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA) has urged the government to halt trade deals with the European Union until the latter’s ban on palm oil is lifted.

Chief executive Datuk Nageeb Wahab said EU’s discriminative action against palm oil will harm the livelihoods of more than three million farmers across developing nations.

“The ban would threaten the livelihood of 650,000 smallholders and over 3.2 million Malaysians who rely on the palm oil industry.

“The smallholders account for almost 40 per cent of the total planted area in the country,” he said in a statement.

MPOA concurs with the government that the ban is a discriminatory action taken by the EU, he added.

On January 17, the EU Parliament passed a resolution which requires that only sustainably-produced palm oil can be imported to the EU market after 2020.

It has also voted in favour of an amendment to a draft law on renewable energy that calls for reducing to zero the contribution from biofuels and bioliquids produced from palm oil as of January 2021.

Nageeb said MPOA fully supports Malaysia’s initiative to form an alliance called “Friends of Palm Oil” with eight other palm oil producing countries to champion the industry’s future to the EU.

“The initiative calls for an urgent need to clear many misconceptions by the EU on palm oil where the EU have chosen to ignore many factual information such as Malaysia’s 57 per cent forest cover,” he added.


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