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Artikel | Industri Sawit : 2021 Cipta Sejarah, 2022 Bagaimana?

Pada 2021, industri minyak sawit Malaysia mencipta sejarah apabila harga purata minyak sawit mentah (MSM) melonjak 64.1 peratus menjadi RM4,407.00 per tan. Pecah rekod!

Menurut Menteri KPPK, Zuraida Kamaruddin, harga purata MSM bulanan dan harian mencapai kemuncak sejarahnya apabila pada November 2021 iaitu RM5,341.00 satu tan dan RM5,429.00 per tan pada 19 November 2021.

Kesannya, peningkatan ketara dalam jumlah hasil eksport minyak sawit dan produk berasaskan sawit lain sebanyak RM29.28 bilion dan RM102.34 bilion.

Nampaknya 2021 memang tahun gemilang buat industri sawit. Senyum lebar abang-kakak yang ada kebun sawit di kampung. Tapi, bagaimana dengan tahun 2022?

Dalam Kajian Ekonomi Minyak Sawit dan Seminar Tinjauan (R&O) 2022 anjuran Lembaga Minyak Sawit Malaysia (MPOB), semalam menunjukkan prospek yang lebih besar buat industri sawit.

Kajian itu menunjukkan pada 2022, penawaran dan permintaan terus stabil seperti yang dijangkakan dan pemulihan daripada situasi kekurangan buruh. Ya, masalah utama industri ini ialah kekurangan tenaga buruh dan perkara ini sudah pun ditangani melalui pertemuan dua hala Malaysia-Indonesia.

Sebagai negera pengeluar sawit, tentunya permintaan yang meningkat dalam sektor HORECA (hotel, restoran dan kafe) menjelang 2022 menjadi berita baik buat industri ini.

Malahan, kajian itu melihat eksport dijangka bertahan dengan prospek minyak global yang lebih baik dan dasar perdagangan yang menggalakkan di negara pesaing dan pengimport.

Semoga tahun 2022 berjaya mengulang kejayaan 2021 industri yang memberi sumbangan besar kepada KDNK negara. Majulah industri sawit demi Malaysia lebih baik. – PPI

Oleh: Kadir Alor

News | Two Israeli officers killed in ‘friendly fire’ at West Bank base

Two Israeli officers were killed by mistake by one of their own troops during a security patrol near their base in the occupied West Bank, according to Israel’s army.

The statement by the army on Thursday gave few details about Wednesday night’s “friendly fire” incident, which Israeli media said involved the Oz Brigade’s elite commando Egoz Unit in the Jordan Valley.

“The officers were misidentified and mistakenly killed by IDF fire,” the statement said. The families of the officers – identified as Major Ofek Aharon, 28, and Major Itamar Elharar, 26 – were notified.

“A soldier in the unit mistook their actions for a Palestinian attack, and as a result of [his] fire, the two officers were killed,” a military spokesman said on Kan public radio.

The Jerusalem Post newspaper reported the officers had finished a military drill in the firing zone of the Nabi Musa base and were patrolling when they identified a suspicious figure. They initiated the procedure to arrest the individual, including shooting in the air, according to the report.

They were then shot at by another soldier who misidentified the officers as possible attackers.

“This is not an incident that happened during the drill. It’s not that our troops fired on our troops during the exercise,” said Brigadier-General Ofer Winter, head of the Central Command’s 98th Division.https://www.youtube.com/embed/6uuD0cGKu1Y?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&wmode=transparent

The exact circumstances of the incident are under review, according to the military.

“The IDF expresses its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and will continue to support them,” the statement said.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett also expressed his regret about the incident on Twitter.

“The two commanders had dedicated their best years to the security of Israel and defending our homeland. The entire people of Israel mourns for them,” he wrote.

Defence Minister Benny Gantz sent his condolences to the families and said “unfortunately there is nothing that can recover the great loss to the families, friends, and brothers-in-arms”.

“The IDF is in the midst of a comprehensive investigation and we will do everything that such a disaster does not happen again,” Gantz added.

Israel occupied the West Bank in a 1967 war. Palestinians seek to establish a state in the territory and in the Gaza Strip, with occupied East Jerusalem as its capital. – AlJazeera

credit photo: TheJurusalemPost

Berita | 3,684 kes Covid-19, 8 kluster baharu

PETALING JAYA: Kementerian Kesihatan melaporkan 3,684 kes baharu Covid-19 berbanding 3,292 pesakit sembuh dalam tempoh 24 jam lalu.

Ini menjadikan keseluruhan 2,726,891 daripada 2,798,917 pesakit Covid-19 sembuh setakat ini.

Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah berkata, 192 pesakit dirawat di Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) dengan 178 daripadanya disahkan positif Covid-19 dan 14 lagi disyaki dijangkiti virus itu.

Sementara itu, 91 pesakit memerlukan bantuan pernafasan, dengan 70 pesakit positif Covid-19 dan selebihnya 21 kes masih dalam siasatan.

Hisham berkata, terdapat 321 kes import dan baki 3,363 kes jangkitan tempatan membabitkan 3,274 warganegara serta 89 warga asing.

Daripada jumlah kes baharu itu hanya 0.9% termasuk dalam Kategori 3, 4 dan 5.

Kadar kebolehjangkitan Covid-19 negara pula direkodkan pada kadar 0.99, dengan Sabah, Putrajaya dan Kuala Lumpur mencatatkan kadar R-Naught tertinggi 1.08, diikuti Negeri Sembilan dan Melaka (1.02).

Hisham berkata, lapan kluster dilaporkan hari ini.

Dalam perkembangan lain, Hisham berkata, empat kes baharu penyakit berjangkit dikesan dalam kalangan mangsa banjir hari ini.

Ini menjadikan keseluruhan 2,459 kes sehingga kini. – FMT

kredit foto: BenarNews

News | Plantation Industries Ministry and stakeholders to discuss five-year plan to promote palm oil, says minister

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 13 — The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC), agencies, and industry players will come together to come up with a five-year plan to promote Malaysian palm oil.

MPIC Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said the comprehensive plan involves a total package comprising marketing, promotion, engagement, and communication on the goodness of palm oil.

She said the plan will be formalised on paper, but at this point in time, things have “still not firmed up” yet. Zuraida was delivering her keynote address at the Palm Oil Economic Review and Outlook Seminar 2022 here today.

“We have to look for a more unconventional way of promoting our palm oil. I urge the agencies, industry players to work together with the ministry and look at our total marketing strategies, internally and externally, locally and internationally,” she said.

She said the challenges faced by Malaysia are US and EU pressure. What Malaysia lacks is an aggressive marketing package to transform the perception of Malaysian palm oil. This, she said is, “missing”.

“There are not enough strategies to counter the anti-palm oil campaign attacks because Malaysia does not capitalise on all the goodness of palm oil,” she said at a media conference.

Locally, there is a need to strengthen the position of the commodity and view it as a golden commodity.

She said there is a need to re-emphasise to the public the importance of protecting the country’s number one commodity. This has to be done with campaigns and communication strategies.

Zuraida said if the country is ahead with more aggressive strategies, Malaysia will not need to spend so much money on fairs.

On various EU allegations regarding Malaysian palm oil, she said these are “not justified because they are one-sided views by individuals or non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

“There is no verification process. We have labour and environmental policies but (these) are not being highlighted enough,” she said.

She said complaints can be made, but there needs to be a process of verification as to whether these complaints are justified or not. There is also not enough knowledge with regard to the commodity in the EU.

“We will try to address this in March during our visit to the EU,” she said. — Bernama