Oil Palm Industry Economic Journal Vol. 17 (2) September 2017 p. 1-7

Labour Productivity of Harvesters by Country of Origin: A Case Study in Peninsular Malaysia

Siti Mashani Ahmad*; Azman, I*; Ali Zulhusni Ali Nordin*; Kamalrudin Mohamed Salleh* and Balu, N*
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This study aims at estimating labour productivity in the oil palm harvesting activity in Peninsular Malaysia among workers from different source countries. This study used a case study approach, which involved three estates. This study also utilised a qualitative research approach which is primary exploratory research. The information gathered was used to better understand the underlying reasons, opinions and motivation of the estate management in their decision to employ foreign labour for the harvesting activity sourced from various countries. In Peninsular Malaysia, most of the foreign workers employed for harvesting and fresh fruit bunch (FFB) collection are from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Nepal. Based on the study, there is no significant difference in productivity among workers according to source country.

Keywords: labour productivity, source country, harversters, foreign labour

About Post Author

* Malaysian Palm Oil Board,
6 Persiaran Institusi,
Bandar Baru Bangi,
43000 Kajang, Selangor,

E-mail: mashani@mpob.gov.my