Friday, October 17, 2008

Field Trip To Ta Ann's Oil Palm Plantation

Datuk Wong Kuo Hea, CEO of Ta Ann Group welcoming participants at his 10,000-hectare Naman Oil Palm Plantation.

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.
Participants digging out soil samples to analyse their contents.
Participants taking notes during the field trip.There are more than 100 participants from Indonesia. Other international participants include those from Thailand, Burma,Germany,Japan, India and Singapore.

Dr. Lulie's muddy hand.

Analysing different kinds of peatsoil taken from as deep as 6.5 meters.

Peatsoil land must be well drained before planting. The soil also has to be compacted.

Only a small percentage of land in Naman Plantation is undulating hills.

An expansive view of cultivated land on peatsoil.

Oil palm flowers.Don't they look beautiful?

The fruits from the peatsoil palm are generally bigger due to uninterrupted supply of water.

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.

Sarawak now has more than 660,000 planted hectarage of oil palm and is ranked the 4th largest state with oil palm areas in Malaysia, after Sabah,Johor and Perak. The country's total export earnings from palm oil in 2007 were RM45.17 billion, of which Sarawak's share was about RM4.04 billion.

Seven major oil palm plantation companies from Sarawak also took the opportunity to appeal to both the state and federal governments to reduce taxes and cess contributions currently paid by the oil palm producing companies. They say they are greatly burdened by taxes as high as 55%.

Thanks to Ta Ann Holdings for assigning us to take photos of the whole event.It was very educational and fun as well.


-eiling- said...

definitely not an easy feat to plant oil palm trees!

Philip said...

eiling: yes, not easy to develop and maintain oil palm estate. Need a lot of money and labour.

abana said...

I could imagine the highly humidity condition out there.

Philip said...

This is unique to Sarawak and Kalimantan Borneo. We have millions of hectares of this kind of land along the coast.

mama belian n cengal said...

u must be enjoying the field trip. i like the header photo!!! so cute..

Philip said...

mama:Yes, I enjoyed the trip and it was an eye opener.Those naughty boys are so photogenic.It was taken near a longhouse in Sg. Assan,half an hour from Sibu.

Yan said...

Hi, a long silence. Have you been out of town - like what I am doing, a hideaway?

Philip said...

Yan: I am just back from KL after the graduation photography assignments. Hope you have a wonderful time to rest and relax.