Sunday, 27 April 2008

Malaysia, Indonesia agree to counter anti-palm oil propaganda

Personal note: When you read this you will clearly see the palm oil industry does not accept, despite countless films and thousands of photographs, that they ARE
the cause of the problem. To them the facts are 'An Inconvenient Truth' which they will doubtless now spend vast sums of money trying to deny, instead of putting right the problems their industry has created by greed.

Malaysia, Indonesia agree to counter anti-palm oil propaganda

KUTA (Bali), April 26 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and Indonesia today agreed to carry out joint scientific research to counter anti-palm oil propaganda among Western non-governmental organisations.

Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui said the findings would then be tabled at international conferences as well as to the European members of parliament.
This was aimed at correcting inaccuracy about palm oil which tainted the image of industry, he said.

"We will present accurate facts to all those who are against palm oil whether for econonic reasons, or due to concerns over global warming or because they are agents to palm oil competitors," he told Bernama here Friday.

Earlier he led the Malaysian delegation at the meeting of the Malaysia-Indonesia joint committee on palm oil, cocoa and pepper.

Chin said Malaysia and Indonesia, which produced almost 90 per cent of the world's palm oil, should not let the anti-propaganda go unchallenged.

He said even though the campaign against palm oil had not affected the industry, it was important to propagate the benefit of palm oil.

Chin said Indonesian Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono, who led the Indonesian delegation to the meeting, also agreed on the need to meet the European members of parliament to explain the actual situation.

Meanwhile, Anton said both the neighbours also agreed to continue research on the production of biodiesel from palm oil, with each country allocating six million tonnes of palm oil for such purposes. (Antara)