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Malaysian minister proposes halting oil palm plantation expansion

Malaysian minister proposes halting oil palm plantation expansion

Malaysia plans to halt all expansion of oil palm plantations this year in a bid to tackle concerns about deforestation, Malaysian Minister of Primary Industries Teresa Kok said in an interview with the Taipei Times on 1 March. , Malaysian minister proposes halting oil palm plantation expansion A proposal to be presented to the Cabinet for discussion later this month would cap the country’s oil palm plantation area at around 6M ha, up from 5.85M ha at the end of last year to give some leeway to growers in the middle of replanting or who had already bought land, she said. The cap would require commitment and cooperation from state governments as certain land issues were under their jurisdiction, Kok said.

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