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100 Anniversary of Malaysian Palm Oil: Industry Leader

Sime Darby Bhd continues to innovate, pushing the palm oil agenda to the fore.

 By  P. Aruna, The Star


AMONG the pioneering plantation companies in Malaysia, Sime Darby Bhd still remains at the forefront of developments in the industry, particularly in research and development (R&D), sustainability and agro-management practices.

It was the first Malaysian firm to make the foray overseas to open plantations in Indonesia, and various innovations by the company over the years have been accepted as industry standards.

Today, Sime Darby is the world’s largest listed plantation company and the world’s largest producer of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO).

It manages close to one million hectares of land, and has planted over 640,000ha. It also runs close to another 100,000ha for smallholder programmes.

The diversified conglomerate has seen many changes since 1917, when the first commercial planting of oil palm was conducted in its Tennamaram estate in Selangor, which is now managed by its plantation subsidiary, Sime Darby Plantation Sdn Bhd.

“We were one of the pioneers in developing key milestones the industry has achieved in terms of agro-management and sustainability practices that have now become industry standards.

“The zero-burning technique, and the integrated pest management systems, for example, are all now industry standards which we have set,” says Sime Darby Plantation Managing Director Datuk Franki Anthony Dass.

Sime Darby Plantation’s R&D Centre of Excellence has contributed to many of these developments, with its large pool of scientists, technocrats and agronomists.

Sime Darby can trace its roots from as early as the 19th century, when pioneering British planters set up rubber plantations in Malaya.

For full article, please click on the links below

Sime Darby - Industry leader
Sime Darby - Creating a Malaysia brand for palm oil

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