Newly found cooking oil can help you keep cardio diseases at bay
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2015 10:11 AM GMT
Using palm oil and a natural herb extract, researchers have produced a cooking oil that can be used repeatedly for at least 80 times, thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The team from University of Putra, Malaysia, (UPM) found that “AFDHAL cooking oil” was scientifically defined using the main ingredients — palm oil and Rutaceae herb.
These are not only capable of reducing oil absorption in fried cooking up to 85 percent but also minimise the risks of getting cardiovascular diseases. “Extracts from Rutaceaea herb serve as a natural antioxidant that prevents cooking oil from damage. Besides, wastage can be avoided through the use of cooking oil for 80 times, without affecting one’s health,” said lead researcher Suhaila Mohamed in a university statement.
The oil product is rich in high antioxidant, has antibacterial properties and antihistamine to enhance crunchiness, taste and quality of fried foods to prevent damage to the oil whether in cooking or keeping and poses less health risks, she said.
Besides, only a small quantity of 15 ml would suffice for normal cooking, she added. The main feature of “AFDHAL” cooking oil enabled it to be accorded with patent rights from all over the world and it has been commercialised now.
(M.A.P Insights. Rolando T. Dy)
There is a continuing debate regarding coconut and oil palm planting in the Philippines. I refer to the conflict between supporters of the two crops, even in the halls of government. And this debate has generated half-truths and lies. Take these examples:
- Palm oil is supplanting coconut oil in the world market… let us oppose oil palm planting.• Coconut levy funds will be used to plant oil palm.• Oil palm is an alien crop, and will affect biodiversity.• Oil palm drains the soils of nutrients in the same way as cassava.• Oil palm will destroy forests.These unnecessary debates are delaying poverty reduction and job creation.
What are the stumbling blocks?
First, we are not market-driven. While Indonesia is nearing 10 million hectares of planted area (which environmentalists oppose), Malaysia is nearing six million hectares, and Thailand one million. The Philippines is stuck at around 65,000 hectares.
In 2014, of the total world export valued at $34 billion, Indonesia supplied $17 billion, Malaysia $12 billion, Thailand $200 million, and the Philippines $36 million. These did not include downstream products like oleo-chemicals and bio-diesel.
In 2014, Malaysia exported some 500,000 tons ($420 million) of palm oil products to the Philippines. Indonesia shipped also just to the Philippines 200,000 tons ($180 million). By contrast, the Philippines exported $36 million.
The evidence is that the Philippines has a palm oil market good for around 200,000 to 250,000 hectares to replace the imported volumes. So, why not plant and replace imports?
Second, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is responsible for coconut development. Palm oil was added a few years ago. So, what will happen? Indeed, the coconut lobby is a Goliath at PCA. People are hesitant to move for oil palm development.
Third, oil palm is an alien crop. The first oil palm plantation was started in Basilan in the late 1950s, in Sultan Kudarat in 1960s, and Agusan in the 1980s. Oil palm is as alien as avocado, cacao, coffee and corn (all from Mexico?).
Fourth, oil palm drains the soils of nutrients as it uses up to 20 bags of fertilizers. And what about sugarcane, two crops of irrigated rice, two crops a year of corn, cassava?
Fifth, oil palm planting will destroy forests. There are few forests to destroy in this country, unlike in Indonesia. Oil palm uses upland areas which are cogon lands and planted to low-yield crops. Our forests were destroyed by irresponsible loggers andkainginerosdecades ago.
Sixth, there is competition for land between coconut and oil palm. How can this be? There are some 3.5 million hectares of coconut lands versus 65,000 hectares of oil palm. There are millions of hectares of low — yield corn lands, upland rice areas and grasslands that can be developed for oil palm. We need evidence on how much coconut lands have been converted to oil palm!
The choice of what to plant should be given to investors. A well-managed oil palm farm can generate about P100,000 per hectare in sales versus P30,000 per hectare for traditional coconut farm. A well-managed coconut farm with cacao or banana intercrop can match oil palm. This system, of course, demands work discipline.
Rural poverty incidence in this country is about 40%, or nearly 20 million people out of some 50 million rural residents. Much of this poverty is due to low productivity in corn, coconut, coffee and other crops. Entrepreneurs will not invest in oil palm, unless good farm practices are applied.
While oil palm will have above-poverty income from two hectares of family-owned farms, commercial farms will only employ one full-time worker for five hectares. Not that labor intensive, but it is job-creating for 30 years, nevertheless. With so much unemployment and underemployment in the farms, oil palm provides a stable income and jobs as harvest comes every 10 days.
Is it wrong to put oil palm under the aegis of the PCA? If not in PCA, where? Other tree crops are less attended too — cacao, coffee, rubber. There are minimal or no tree crop experts at the Department of Agriculture and at the local government levels.
It is time to conduct a strategic analysis of how this country can really make tree-crop development a priority just like in other ASEAN countries. Too much resources and focus on a few crops will not solve the mass rural poverty in the countryside, which is the highest in the ASEAN.
The sound option is coconut and oil palm. They are not mutually exclusive.
Rolando T. Dy is the Vice Chair of the M.A.P. AgriBusiness and Countryside Development Committee, and the Executive Director of the Center for Food and AgriBusiness of the University of Asia & the Pacific.
Mindanao Daily Mirror
by Peter Lavina
Oil palm is an environment-friendly oil crop
Last week, the harvest of oil palm fresh fruit bunch (FFB) at our Farm No. 1 in Rosario, Agusan del Sur was 8,370 kilos or more than 8 tons. If processed, this would yield about 1.6 tons of crude palm oil (CPO) at the industry average of 20% oil yield from the oil palm FFB.
CPO is the raw material to make cooking oil, lard or margarine and other products. It is widely used in many food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Although I am now officially on-leave from our oil palm company to volunteer fulltime to help Mayor Rody Duterte promote Federalism, I still receive all these reports from our field technicians in the several small farms where we planted oil palm in Agusan del Sur. Our Farm No. 1 is a cluster of farm lots totaling 36.8 hectares which we developed from June-August 2012 or nearly 3 years ago. It was idle for about 15 years after its old owners stop tending to it as a rubber farm.
We also manage small farms nearby, one involved 3 lots with an area of 8.1 hectares, another with 7 lots consisting of 13.2 hectares. With our good agricultural practices (GAP), we have been successful in cultivating oil palm, experimenting with different oil palm varieties and taking advantage of the good rainfall in Agusan del Sur.
According to our Farm Manager in Rosario, Albert Gilbero, our next harvest would be on June 15. I am happy that in these initial farms we are now achieving the industry standard of harvesting FFBs at least two times a month. We cannot expand though because of the problem of supply of oil palm planting materials, which are all imported.
Our FFBs are delivered to the nearby Filipinas Palm Oil milling facilities for processing. The FFBs need to be processed immediately or at least within 24-48 hours to avoid oil shrinkage and increase in the fatty acid content of the oil.
The prices on FFB and CPO are based on the prevailing market price quoted in the world’s leading palm oil trading system in Kuala Lumpur. Depending on its oil content, the price of FFBs range from near P4 per kilo to P7 per kilo.
Oil palm is the world’s leading and most efficient agricultural oil crop. It occupies the least land compared with soya, corn, sunflower, rapeseed, coconut, etc. and yet yields the largest vegetable oil. Oil palm needs only 1 hectare to produce the same amount of oil with 10-11 hectares of soya, or 4-5 hectares of coconut. In the Philippines there is over 3 million hectares planted to coconut and only about 72,000 hectares to oil palm. Globally, soy bean plantations occupy 2.14 % of the total developed agricultural lands, oil palm only 0.23%.
Our neighbors Malaysia and Indonesia have repeatedly acknowledged how their oil palm planting strategy helped them licked poverty and raised the living standards of their people. You can name any of the top corporations in these two countries and almost all of them are involved in the palm oil industry or struck gold in this golden crop. The trouble with our government is not copying this successful program. We instead copied the World Bank model of conditional cash transfer (CCT), a dole out system that has caused us hundreds of billions of Pesos and yet poverty in our country remains the same or has even worsened. Sucks!
Oil palm originated as forest trees in western Africa. It’s trees, towering as tall as coconuts, make a canopy comparable to rainforests which produces more oxygen and absorbs more carbon dioxide compared with soybeans, sunflower and corn, for example, which are all perennial crops and no taller than a man.
I was once stung by a bee in our farm. Every time I visit there I always see plenty of different bird species flying around palm oil trees. There was also a time I was like a kid trying to run after a dragon fly. You know what these all mean? Our oil palm farms have no toxic chemicals or pesticides where bees, birds, dragonflies, butterflies freely abound.
Oil palm, therefore, is the best agricultural crop that is environment-friendly. It uses less land yet produces more oil, and it’s trees, planted in small farms or cluster of farms or in Malaysia or Indonesia or other countries in plantations, provide a forest-cover like canopy that fights climate change.
But how come it is being vilified by environmentalists? Well look who is funding these so-called western environmentalist NGOs. They are lobby money groups from the soya, sunflower and corn industries of Europe and the Americas. These western countries have raped far more forests, destroyed far more animal habitat, emit far more greenhouse gases and yet attack Asians who are planting oil palm.These same western environmental NGOs slandered the coconut industry during the 1980s as cancer-causing vegetable oil.
Even more disgusting perhaps is that there are Filipinos who are poisoned and believed the toxic crap that these western environmental NGOs peddle.
He he he go figure!
Incidentally, those interested in the oil palm industry may join us at the next National Palm Oil Congress and Exhibits at the KCC Mall in General Santos City on August 19-21.
And please tune in from 5-6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays at 105.9 Balita FM where every now and then we can discuss this and other issues concerning the palm oil industry.
INDONESIA’S SUCCESSFUL INNOVATIONS OF USING OIL PALM FARMING AS A TOOL IN LIBERATING SMALLHOLDERS FROM POVERTY
INDONESIA’S SUCCESSFUL INNOVATIONS OF USING OIL PALM FARMING AS A TOOL IN LIBERATING SMALLHOLDERS FROM POVERTY
Pablito P. Pamplona, Ph.D.
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 leaders on valuable insights of the new paradigm or scheme being implemented in Indonesia. This scheme empowers the smallholders with an average farm of two ha to apply appropriate production practices base on sound scientific principles for high and sustainable yield. What is revealing with this new scheme is that it has evolved from an old scheme which is still being used in the Philippines today. The finding on the new Indonesian innovations is significant considering that the Philippine palm oil industry is at the crossroad toward success or failure in helping the small landholders.
PHILIPPINE PALMOIL DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, INC.
TACURONG CITY, SULTAN KUDARAT
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
President: Engr Alfredo P. Montecillo
Vice – President: Mr. Erwin Anthony Y. Garcia
Secretary: Dr. Pablito P. Pamplona, PhD
Treasurer: Ms. Renfreda B. Embalzado
Auditor: Engr Vernoulli B. Belgira
Bus.Manager: Mr. Jerry John M. Taray
P.R.O: Mr. Robertino E. Pizarro