INDONESIA’S SUCCESSFUL INNOVATIONS OF USING OIL PALM FARMING AS A TOOL IN LIBERATING SMALLHOLDERS FROM POVERTY
Pablito P. Pamplona, Ph.D.
Insights for the Philippines: INDONESIA’S SUCCESSFUL INNOVATIONS OF USING OIL PALM FARMING AS A TOOL IN LIBERATING SMALLHOLDERS FROM POVERTY Pablito P. Pamplona, Ph.D. INTRODUCTION While attending the Indonesian Palm Oil Association Conference in Bandung, Java, Indonesia in November 26 to 28, 2014, I came across many publications and made discussions with industry …View full post
PHILIPPINE PALMOIL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC. TACURONG CITY, SULTAN KUDARAT CY 2015 BOARD OF TRUSTEES President:Mr. Alfredo E. Montecillo Vice – President:Mr. Erwin Anthony Y. Garcia Secretary:Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona, PhD Treasurer:Ms. Renfreda B. Embalzado Bus.Manager:Mr. Jerry John M. Taray P.R.O:Mr. Robertino E. PizarroView full post
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Paper prepared by Pablito p. Pamplona, Ph.D. and April Grace D. Pamplona for presentation during the Malaysian Palm Oil Council Forum on Malaysian Palm Oil in Cebu City, 27 August 2014.View full post
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
President:Mr. Alfredo E. Montecillo
Vice – President:Mr. Erwin Anthony Y. Garcia
Secretary:Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona, PhD
Treasurer:Ms. Renfreda B. Embalzado
Bus.Manager:Mr. Jerry John M. Taray
P.R.O:Mr. Robertino E. Pizarro
Greetings from the Oil Palm Industry!The Philippine Palm Oil Development Council Inc., co – sponsored by the Provincial Government of Sarangani shall be holding the Palm Oil Investment Forum in Phela GrandeHotel, Magsaysay Ave., General Santos City on August 28, 2014 The program will start atexactly 8:00 am and ends at 5:00 pm. We are expecting more or less 100 participants to attendthe occasion.
This investment forum is made more unique because, of the discussion on the techniques beingused in the Oil Palm farming. Hopefully, tthis meeting will provide insights on the role of variousstakeholders, Non-Government Organization (NGOs) and Government Agencies which includeLocal Government Units (LGUs) on how to use OPF as an effective tool in helping to overcomerural poverty in the Philippines.
For confirmation and details, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the PPDCIOffice Secretary Ms. Branette Dayag at telefax 0642006542 or CP 09295145421.
See you there!
Paje bats for oil palm plantations on idle land
5:51 pm | Thursday, May 22nd 2014
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines—Environment Secretary Ramon Paje proposed the conversion of some eight million hectares of idle, denuded and unproductive lands across the country into oil palm plantations.
Paje, who attended the launching of the Mindanao Barangay (village) StraTreegic Forest Project here, said the country was losing P800 billion each year in production opportunities from land left idle.
Paje said the prospects of generating more cash out of idle land could be gleaned from the experience of Indonesia, which he said makes up to $50 billion a year although it has only six million hectares planted to oil palm.
“That is almost the same as our national budget,” Paje said.
Paje said that if plans push through, the country could be earning more than Indonesia does from oil palm plantations.
But Paje’s proposal was met with cold shoulders here.
SUMMARY: In a study on how oil palm farming affects farmers, the author came with this interesting discovery. A poor Muslim farmer struggling to provide his big family three meals a day, Mr. Jose Sagadan of Dunguan, Mlang, North Cotabato planted eight hectares of oil palm on plant-now-pay-later (PNPL). He earned high income which enabled him to buy enough nutritious food for his family, support the college education of his five children who finished degrees in Law, Accounting, Social Services, Physical Therapy and Pharmacy. His income from oil palm enabled him to renovate an old wooden house, buy a brand new pick-up vehicle and expand the oil palm farm. He also created employment and livelihood opportunities to his barangay-mates. Many of his neighbors followed his footsteps leading to the transformation of a community composed of 100% Muslim which was a part of Liguasan Marsh brushland, from economically depressed and rebel hideout into a progressive and peaceful community. The success of Mr. Sagadan is now being duplicated in some municipalities of Cotabato like Alamada, Tulunan, Antipas, Arakan, etc. who planted oil palm on PNPL. These farmers confirm the transferability of the strategy used by the government of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in overcoming poverty using oil palm farming in the Philippine setting.
Mr. Sagadan and company shows that overcoming rural poverty is not an elusive dream for the Philippines. Government interventions are necessary. The two major interventions – providing the farmers with quality planting materials through the plant-now-pay-later (PNPL) and providing adequate extension services to capacitate the farmers to use good agricultural practices (GAP) for sustainable high yield and income. It is recommended that these interventions be piloted on a wider scale in the province of North Cotabato as a step towards national adoption of a strategy to overcome poverty, produce prosperous and peaceful communities, and help overcome the huge vegetable oil shortage of the country. Such will meet the objectives of PCA in its roadmap to plant 350,000 ha of oil palm from 2014 to 2023 to overcome the increasing huge shortage on vegetable oil in the country.( To read more, please click the link below.)
PALM OIL PLANT PUSHED: Mayor Rody to ask NPA to give way to project in Paquibato
Monday, 05 May 2014 21:28
By ARMANDO B. FENEQUITO JR.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte will ask the New People’s Army (NPA) to make way for the proposed establishment of a palm oil plantation in Paquibato district which he considers beneficial to the local residents, including rebels. Duterte earlier bared that a Malaysian firm expressed interest to pour in investments for palm oil production. The investment could amount to staggering capital and should be a possible catalyst for economic activity in the rebel-infested area.
“Makigstorya kong Parago (Leoncio Pitao), ingnon nako na kamo mga taga Paquibato bah magstorya ta pasudlon nato ni – undang una sila’g giyera, ilubong nila ilang armas, ihatag nako sa ila,” Duterte said, referring to the commander of the NPA operating in the area.
The coconut tree and oil palm tree are cousins belonging to one plant family – Palmae. The main product of both crops is vegetable oils with increasing huge global demand. Each is a major crop of two neighboring ASEAN countries, Malaysia and the Philippines; Malaysia grows 5.5 million ha of oil palm trees occupying 66% of its agricultural land while the Philippines grows 3.56 million ha of coco trees approximately 30% of its crop lands.
Today an average coco farm of 2.5 ha in the Philippines provides a net income of less than P40,000/year; the same size of Malaysian oil palm farm provide a farmer an income of more than P380,000/year. By the year 2020 the average income of a coco farm in the Philippines is projected to remain the same or decrease further – among the lowest farm income in the ASEAN; the Malaysian government is implementing a unique oil palm roadmap; the same farm size of Malaysian oil palm in 2020 shall provide a typical farmer an income of US$ 15,000 or P670,000/year, the highest farm income in the ASEAN. While the Filipino coco farmers shall become poorer; the rich Malaysian oil palm farmers shall become richer. The reason is not due to the kind of palm – both palms have hybrid varieties with potential high yields to give small farmers high income. It is the contrasting government programs for palm farming which make the increasing farm income gap.