Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.

KUCHING: Sarawak has recorded the second highest Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification rate in the country, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali.

He said Sarawak recorded 26.05 percent or 62,496 hectares of its oil palm estates being certified, with it only bettered by Sabah.

“To ensure that all private smallholders undergo the certification, the ministry through its agencies will intensify promotional activities and field trips through programmes such as ‘Jom MSPO’ throughout the country.

“This is aimed to further increase the participation of private smallholders in MSPO certification. For Sarawak, promotional activities also involve the cooperation of state government agencies,” he said.

The minister said this in a written reply to Dewan Negara Senator Rita Sarimah Insol on Tuesday (Sept 15).

Khairuddin said the ministry would provide ongoing training and guidance to private smallholders participating in MSPO certification by Tunas MPOB officers throughout the state to increase awareness and compliance.

“The full provision of MSPO incentives for private smallholders includes the payment of certification fees as well as the free provision of personal protective equipment and chemical shelves.

“This is to ensure that each smallholder of the association has no barriers and constraints in complying with the requirements of the MSPO,” he said.

Khairuddin added, the ministry will also distribute MSPO mandatory warning letter to smallholder licensees who have not yet registered for MSPO from Jan 1, 2021.