19 April 2015: 1 million hectare oil palm hopes center on Caraga? FGV, NBPOL, Pertamina, PTPN among key intended FDI players?
Caraga eyed for oil palm amid 1-M-hectare target for Mindanao By Carmelito Q. Francisco, Correspondent April 05, 2015 08:18:00 PM; DAVAO CITY -- Mindanao authorities are looking at developing about a million hectares for oil palm farming with about a third of the total area in the Caraga Region.... The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA), through Public Affairs Division Chief Romeo M. Montenegro, said Caraga can become the center of oil palm production in Mindanao as studies show the climate and soil condition in parts of the region, particularly in the Agusan provinces, are ideal for both nurseries and farms. Caraga is composed of 5 provinces: Agusan del Norte and Sur, Surigao del Norte and Sur, and the Dinagat Islands..... About 60,000 hectares in Mindanao have so far been developed for oil palm production, a large portion of which are in Caraga and some in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, according to MinDA data..... The industry has become “exciting”, said Mr. Montenegro, as nine companies from Malaysia and Indonesia, the two biggest oil palm producers and exporters, have signaled their intention to invest.
Among these companies are Felda Global Ventures, New Britain Palm Oil Ltd.-PNG, Pertamina-Indonesia, Perkebunan Nusantara-Indonesia, and Bali Palm Oil-Indonesia..... Officials of Felda, the Malaysian government’s Federal Land Development Authority, have visited Mindanao twice in recent months to look into investment possibilities in Mindanao..... In Davao City, oil palm projects are being eyed in the remote agricultural districts, particularly in Marilog, including some areas covered by Certificates of Ancestral Domain held by various indigenous communities.....
The Philippine Palm Oil Development Council is also pushing for the expansion of the industry in Mindanao, saying it can potentially match the importance of coconut, the country’s top agricultural export commodity..... http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Economy&title=caraga-eyed-for-oil-palm-amid-1-m-hectare-target-for-mindanao&id=105484