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Do You Know How Palm Oil Grow?

Kamis, 09 April 2020 631 Read

Do You Know How Palm Oil Grow?

Photo credit: PT. eKomoditi Solutions Indonesia [Copyrights] Everything starts with the seed. High-quality seeds are used by farmers. With the high quality of seed, the farmers are able to grow oil palm trees with more resistance.

The high-quality seed ensures the oil palm trees planted are as healthy and productive as possible.

After the seeds grow into seedlings, these are maintained in nurseries for up to one year. When seedlings grow into plants with about 12-15 green leaves growing on each tree (this process takes about 12-14 months), these seeds will be transferred to plantations and planted.

Each plant is planted just before the rainy season starts in Indonesia. So the plants have time to make the root system before the dry season arrives. Each palm oil plant is carefully placed on the grid, with more than 100 trees for each area of the size of a soccer field. As it grows, these palm trees are carefully fertilized and protected from pests – The Farmers use owls to help them protect the palm oil plant in a natural way.

It takes around four years for an oil palm tree to produce fruit that is suitable for harvest. Each tree will then continue to bear fruit for up to 30 years, at the same time they will grow to around 12 meters.

If the farmers utilize the latest agricultural technology - ePCS (Electronic Plantation Control System), The farmers do the application of fertilizers and the use of crops optimally.

Harvesting could be every month, each fresh fruit bunch must be taken using a very long sickle, which allows the harvester to be skilled at reaching tall trees. The ripest fruits that contain the least oil that falls regardless of the group of fruits are the most highly valued. Each palm fruit can contain 25-30% oil. This is one of the reasons why palm oil is the most efficient oilseed plant in the world.

These materials will eventually become the raw materials of many products that we see in supermarkets and consume every day. Waste from each palm fruit is recycled on plantations as fertilizer or processed as biodiesel fuel.

Lysna Miranti

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Editor : Lysna Miranti