The oil palm industry in Malaysia: thriving with transformative technologies

The oil palm industry in Malaysia: thriving with transformative technologies. Journal of Oil Palm Research, 29 (4). pp. 431-439. ISSN 1511-2780 (2017)


Arriving at this milestone after an illustrious century, the growth from an ornamental palm to a multi billion dollar commodity crop in Malaysia has been a remarkable journey for oil palm. From its humble beginnings in Malaya as a mono culture plantation crop in 1917, it has grown to occupy over 5.7 million hectares of land space by 2016, demonstrating the impact the crop has had on the country’s economy over the last 100 years. Its importance has led to many initiatives being implemented with a concerted effort to effectively develop and safeguard the posterity of the industry. In treasuring the past, engaging the present and charting the future, this review reflects briefly on the direction the industry has taken to reach this present state. The foresightedness of early players in the industry has helped thrust the industry forward by systematically building a rich resource within the country. As the industry matures, it is only natural for challenges to surface and there is a constant drive to manage public perception and to stay sustainable in order to remain competitive. In this respect, oil palm has followed in the footsteps of other crops in decoding its genome and simultaneously answering some long-standing questions about the biology of the oil palm.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Technologies, Oil palm, Sustainable, Agriculture
Taxonomy: By Subject > Applied Sciences > Industrial Technology
By Subject > Plantation & Agrotechnology > Plantation and Agribusiness Management
Local Content Hub: Subjects > Plantation & Agrotechnology
Depositing User: Farleen Azrina Zamberi
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 08:48
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 08:48
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