KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — FGV Holdings Bhd which owned about 5 per cent of oil palm plantations in Indonesia expects to benefit from Jakarta’s recent decision to lift the ban on palm oil exports, group chief executive officer Mohd Nazrul Izam Mansor said.
Nevertheless, he said that the price of crude palm oil is projected to reduce to between RM4,200 and RM5,000 per tonne in Malaysia.
'We hope to cover back what we had lost during the three-week period,” he told reporters at FGV Hari Raya Open House today.
Indonesia had announced the ban on the exports of palm oil beginning April 28 amid the global shortage and higher prices of edible oil globally.
The move was made to tame the high price of cooking oil for the local consumers.
It has lifted the restriction effective Monday (May 23).
Meanwhile, Mohd Nazrul said the company still managed to conduct business at full capacity despite having 30 per cent shortage of foreign labour or about 10,000 workers.
'We have formulated a few ways to work but hopefully with the arrival of foreign workers soon, FGV will be able to further increase palm oil production,” he said.
He added that the company is working on the company's roadmap to lead the country’s food security agenda.
'One of the biggest initiatives we are doing is with the Qatar-based company Baladna Dairy Facility. Signed in 2019, the collaboration will develop a large-scale dairy project in the Chuping Valley, Perlis. — Bernama