Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu delivering his speech at the “Love My Palm Oil” Campaign Programme With State Civil Servants.
IPOH, 28 AUGUST 2019 - The state government emphasised that the “Love My Palm Oil” Campaign initiated by the Ministry of Primary Industries was aimed at fostering the spirit of love and pride for palm oil, which is one of the main contributors to the country's economic growth.
Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said this was important because the palm oil commodity was facing challenges as some European countries had started anti-palm oil campaigns, claiming that it was the cause of various negative effects.
"This campaign is very timely as we are facing falling prices of crude palm oil in the world market and the reason for the decline in crude palm oil prices is due to weak demand following anti-palm oil sentiments in the European Continent.
"Besides, this negative campaign is based on the assumption that the palm oil industry is associated with environmentally unfriendly activities, including the development of oil palm cultivation resulting in deforestation, loss of biodiversity, greenhouse gas emissions and also the destruction of wildlife habitat," he said.
He said this in his speech at the “Love My Palm Oil” Campaign Programme With State Civil Servants In Conjunction With The Primary Industries Minister’s Working Visit To The Perak State Secretariat Building.
Also present were Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok, State Secretary Zainal Azman Abu Seman and State EXCO members.
He said the European Union’s negative campaign has also affected the oil palm sector comprising 406 plantations with a total area of 212,402 hectares involving a total labour force of 24,036 people in Perak till June 2019.
"This has not taken into account the total number of workers at 45 Palm Oil Factories, four Palm Kernel Crushing Factories and four Refinery Plants operating in the state.
"For me, this will impact tens and hundreds of thousands of workers who are in the chain of production, processing, supply and retail of the palm oil ecosystem especially in Perak," he said.
In addition, the Menteri Besar hoped that the authorities concerned would continue to organise various programmes to hear the entrepreneurs’ problems who are now facing instability of crude palm oil prices.
|Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok visiting the exhibition space after the “Love My Palm Oil” Campaign Programme With State Civil Servants.|
|Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok delivering her speech at the “Love My Palm Oil” Campaign Programme With State Civil Servants.|
|Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok and Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu during a Meeting Session With State Government Officers in the Operations Room.|
|Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok during the official working visit to the Perak Menteri Besar's office.|
|Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok and Perak Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu with State Government Officers.|
Source : Corporate, SUK Perak.