Signing ceremony between Bewani Oil Palm Plantations Limited and the Bewani Landowners in the Vanimo-Green Elextorate, West Sepik on 28 October 2010.
20,000 hectares set for oil palm by 2019
BY MATTHEW VARI
Bewani Oil Palm Plantation Limited is set to complete planting of 20,000 hectares of palms by 2019.
That was the update from plantation general manager Shukor Yusoff when hosting Minister for National Planning Richard Maru and his fellow ministers during a fact finding visit in the West Sepik province this week.
Mr Yusoff said over 12,000 hectares has been planted to date with over 6,000 hectares of that already bearing fruit for production.
“At the moment we have planted 12,300 hectares, and mature areas bearing fruit is only half the area, only 6000 hectares already bearing fruit,” Mr Yusoff said.
“At our nursery now we have around 200,000 to 300,000 seedlings, we are still continuing the planting we are targeting 20,000 hectares to be planted somewhere in 2018 to 2019.”
He said current capacity of the completed oil palm mill will see the capacity for production enough for the recently completed mill.
“We are starting to process and harvest the crop,” Mr Yusoff said.
He said labour matters affected the plantations due to skills shortage issues.
“We have some problems with the workers especially who are new people who are not skilled in the industry but this is where we come in to give them the skills and let them run the show.
“We have got a shortage of labour because some people come work and they go back. They can work and they are fit workers because I can see they can do it,” he said.
He also indicated the lack of proper wharfing facilities as a challenge for the company.