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Choosing between oil palm and durian trees

Cindy Yeap
Cindy Yeap4/9/2018 07:30 AM GMT+08  • 6 min read
Choosing between oil palm and durian trees
SINGAPORE (Apr 9): Oil palm is still the most efficient oil crop in the world in terms of yield per hectare. Yet, as smallholders contemplate the overdue replanting of old trees, some oil palm estates may well become Musang King durian plantations because
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SINGAPORE (Apr 9): Oil palm is still the most efficient oil crop in the world in terms of yield per hectare. Yet, as smallholders contemplate the overdue replanting of old trees, some oil palm estates may well become Musang King durian plantations because this particular species of durian is commanding astronomical prices in China.

If oil palm — which replaced rubber trees as the dominant crop in Malaysia — helped alleviate poverty among many smallholders, the Musang King holds the promise of new wealth, if prices hold up.

For farmers, one hectare of Musang King trees can yield RM155,250 ($52,615) a year — nearly nine times the RM17,500 harvest from a hectare of oil palm, Minister of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ahmad Shabery Cheek told reporters on March 11 after planting one of 600 Musang King trees on a 6ha pioneer plot at the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) Neram 1 settlement in Kemaman, Terengganu.

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