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Malaysia irked by Sri Lanka’s palm oil import ban

6 April 2021 05:33 pm - 3     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Malaysia, one of the two key sources from where Sri Lanka imports palm oil, appears to have been visibly irked by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s move to ban palm oil imports.

Malaysia’s Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Dr. Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali was quoted by Malaysian media as saying that the Sri Lanka’s decision will have no effect on the country’s oil palm industry.

“The world has a population of over seven billion people and we are confident our palm oil will be accepted worldwide.

“If one party is not interested, many more are interested and most importantly we give the best quality in the country's palm oil production," Razali was quoted as saying.

He had added that the restrictions imposed by Sri Lanka is a discrimination as Malaysian palm oil is of best quality and has achieved 90 percent Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification.

"Sri Lanka needs to get complete information from the Malaysian government on the efforts made so that our right to market palm oil abroad is not disputed," he said.

It is estimated Sri Lanka imports about 200,000 tonnes of palm oil from Malaysia and Indonesia annually.


  Comments - 3

  • Massdeen Tuesday, 06 April 2021 09:20 PM

    Yes definitely Malaysia will not feel the affect of the palm oil ban , Msia n Indonesia have the highest standard of the palm oil. I been living there over 20 years so I know exactly

    dickie bird Wednesday, 07 April 2021 03:03 PM

    Why does Sri Lanka need Palm Oil in the first place? lets focus on coconut Cultivation and Coconut oil production in years of yore.

    Sarath Withanarachchi Samaranayake Thursday, 08 April 2021 09:28 AM

    The minister hype without knowing what toxic substances it contain. Recent import of palm oil from Malaysia found that it contain Aflotoxin that is a cancer causing chemical. Minister wants to earn money and this politician whose words are mean and contemptous does not care about the people who use their so called palm oil. The whole world shoud van Malaysia palm oil.

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