- Title: MALAYSIA: PALM OIL INCREASE WILL HELP EASE WORLD SHORTAGE OF EDIBLE OILS.
- Date: 30th July 1973
- Summary: 1. LV Pan ever oil palm plantation 0.10 2. CU Palm nuts hacked from tree (2 shots) 0.21 3. CU Nuts carried along read 0.30 4. LV Trailer unloading nuts 0.34 5. SV & CU Palm oil factory, nuts being processed 0.45 6. CU Worker 0.48 7. CU Nut Pulping machine 0.53 8. SV Nuts along conveyor belt 0.58 9. SV PAN Vat TO oil flowing from machine. (2 Shots) 1.17 A MALAYSIAN OIL PALM PLANTATION: HARVESTING NUTS: PRECESSION NUTS. Initials TA/1450 PD/JB/TA/1510 Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 14th August 1973 13:00
- Location: JOHORE, MALAYSIA
- Country: Malaysia
- Reuters ID: LVA50REBZ4ZWZ98DRVWFL4F8FIMM
- Story Text: The world shortage of edible oils achieved crisis proportions in July Ninety per cent of the world supply of soybeans comes from the United States, which exported about 6.5 million tons last year.
One hopeful substitute in palm oil Malaysia, the worlds largest supplier, expects to increase its production by around 25 per cent this year. to one million tons. The 1.8 million acres (432.000 hectares) of Malaysia planted with palms is being increased by 125,000 acres, (Approx. 50,000 hectares) this year but it takes about three-and-a-half years for trees to bear fruit.
The fruit of the oil palm resembles the cocoa fruit. The nuts provide a high quality oil used in quality margarine and cosmetics. The fibres yield a slightly inferior oil, used in lower quality margarine, soap, grease and lubricants. The waste pulp contains sulphate that is made into fertilizers.
SYNOPSIS: Malaysia's production of palm oil suddenly achieved international importance in July, when the United States stopped exporting soybeans, the main world supply of edible aiel, Fortunately, Malaysia will increase its production 25 per cent this year, to the million tons. The 1.8 million acres of palm oil trees will be increased by another ten per cent this year, but trees take three-and-a-half year's to yield nuts.
Processing, which is almost entirely automatic, begins with sterilizing the fruit. Nuts are separated from the husks for individual extraction processes. Oil from the nuts makes high quality margarine and cosmetics. Lower quality margarine, soap, and lubricants are extracted from the husks Even the pulp yields sulphate for fertilizer. Continuing increases in production can help Malaysia's economy and ease the world shortage of edible oils.
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