Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal Vol. 11 (1) March 2011 p. 28-41

A Study on the Malaysian Oil Palm Biomass Sector – Supply and Perception of Palm Oil Millers

Roslan Abas; Mohammad Fairuz Kamarudin; A Borhan A Nordin and Mohd Arif Simeh
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From 379 palm oil mills in Malaysia that responded to the survey, about 30% or 120 of them were involved in utilising biomass [either empty fruit bunches (EFB) or palm oil mill effluent (POME)] by turning this biomass into EFB fibre, bio-fertiliser or biogas. Nevertheless, some of the millers who have not been involved in utilising biomass actually returned the EFB to plantation as mulching. Most of the millers agreed that policy related to biomass needs to be firm up. Environment sustainability is a concern of the millers. Study suggested that policy on biomass need to be provided as well as economic evaluation on biomass projects to the millers.

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