Datuk Abdul Hamed Sapawi, Chairman of Ta Ann Holdings Bhd briefing the participants in the plantation.He is also an Advisor to the Organising Committe.
Dr. S Paramanathan, Organising Chairman of the seminar.He has extensive knowledge on soil conditions, particularly the peatsoil in Sarawak and kalimantan Indonesia.
Dr. Lulie Melling ,Director of Tropical Peat Research Laboratory (TPRL). The TPRL was established to carry out research and undertake sustainable development on tropical peatsoil.
An international seminar on Agronomic Principles and Practices of Oil Palm Cultivation was held here from October 14-16. More than 700 participants from 10 countries took part in the seminar which was jointly organized by Agriculture Crop Trust (ACT),Tropical Peat Research Laboratory Unit in the Chief Minister's Office (TPRL), Param Agriculture Soil Surveys (PASS) and Ta Ann Holdings Bhd.Two separate field trips were made to Ta Ann's oil palm plantation at Naman on Tuesday and Thursday. The 10,000-hectare plantation is located about an hour journey by road from Sibu Town.90% of the plantation is on deep peatsoil which costs more than double in development and maintenance.