Sabah, Sarawak push cocoa planting

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cocoatreeMalaysia aims to double its total plantation size for cocoa to 20,000 hectares by 2020, most of which will be in Sabah and Sarawak, the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on October 7.

This would be equivalent to 60,000 tonnes or more of dry cocoa beans by 2020 pending on international market conditions and the yield factor.

“Most of this would be in the interior areas in Sabah and Sarawak – with the small holders. We will help them diversify their crops from currently palm oil, pepper and rubber,” he said,

“Prices of primary commodities are very volatile on the international market today and this would allow them to ride the tough times,” he added.

He added that the government would also provide monetary assistance and other incentive schemes to the farmers.

Most of Malaysia’s cocoa plantation are located in Sarawak, followed by Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia, according to the Malaysian Cocoa Board. The value of total exports of cocoa beans and related products was RM3.9 billion ($1.2 billion) in 2012.

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Malaysia aims to double its total plantation size for cocoa to 20,000 hectares by 2020, most of which will be in Sabah and Sarawak, the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on October 7.

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cocoatreeMalaysia aims to double its total plantation size for cocoa to 20,000 hectares by 2020, most of which will be in Sabah and Sarawak, the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur on October 7.

This would be equivalent to 60,000 tonnes or more of dry cocoa beans by 2020 pending on international market conditions and the yield factor.

“Most of this would be in the interior areas in Sabah and Sarawak – with the small holders. We will help them diversify their crops from currently palm oil, pepper and rubber,” he said,

“Prices of primary commodities are very volatile on the international market today and this would allow them to ride the tough times,” he added.

He added that the government would also provide monetary assistance and other incentive schemes to the farmers.

Most of Malaysia’s cocoa plantation are located in Sarawak, followed by Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia, according to the Malaysian Cocoa Board. The value of total exports of cocoa beans and related products was RM3.9 billion ($1.2 billion) in 2012.

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