Oil palm kernel waste alternative food for livestock, says M-Ficord minister

Dr Rundi (seventh left) in a group photo-call during a working visit to Jagoi Salcra Estate Bau and Bau Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd in Lundu on Wednesday (Feb 8, 2023).

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KUCHING, Feb 9: The Ministry of Food Industry, Commodity, and Regional Development of Sarawak (M-Ficord) recognises the potential of oil palm kernel waste processed as the primary component of livestock feed as an alternative resource.

According to a news report published by the Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), M-Ficord minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom stated that the alternative represents a strategic effort for the future of the oil palm plantation industry in Sarawak.

He remarked that the sector will be further stimulated by the new revenue stream’s added value.

“This [region] has a large palm oil plantation industry, so it has a lot of waste palm kernels,” he said during a working visit to Jagoi Salcra Estate Bau and Bau Palm Oil Mill Sdn Bhd in Lundu on Wednesday (Feb 8).

Prior to that, Dr Rundi and his entourage visited the Pangkalan Tebang area, followed by visits to the Permanent Food Production Park (TKPM) and the Opar Rural Growth Centre (RGC), which was proposed as a modern agricultural area in collaboration with groups from abroad.

Meanwhile, Dr Rundi stated that something new must be done for Sarawak to move forward with Post-Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030. — DayakDaily