Minister Expects CPO Prices to Stay Firm, Not Dip Below RM4,500/Tonne

According to Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, crude palm oil (CPO) prices are not expected to slide below RM4,500 a tonne,

“CPO prices were expected to drop by the end of the year but this had occurred earlier as a result of Indonesia’s palm oil export ban and the Russia-Ukraine conflict,” she was quoted as talking to reporters after a working visit to the “single origin” planting plot at Ting Agro Enterprise (TAE) cocoa farm in Kampung Panchor here on July 3.

“The price of palm oil has not dropped to previous levels of RM2,500, but as expected, the norm would be between RM4,500 and RM5,000 a tonne and we are in that phase now,” she added.

“This is what I had expected, that the new norm would be between RM4,500 and RM5,000 a tonne. Nevertheless, palm oil producers are still enjoying high prices and they are still getting a high income.”

CPO prices have been on a downward trend, skidding from RM6,753.50 a tonne on June 7, 2022, to RM5,046.00 a tonne on June 22, 2022, which translates to a dip of 25%.

Meanwhile, Zuraida said the government will not hesitate to withdraw or suspend the licences of the one kilogramme (kg) packet cooking oil manufacturers, if there were proof that they are selling them on the black market.

“The government had allocated 60,000 metric tonnes of subsidised cooking oil for about 32 million people in the country,” the minister said

“We have calculated that there are 32 million Malaysians and with 60,000 metric tonnes, each Malaysian will get at least 2kg (of cooking oil) a month. On average, a family would have 10kg a month,” she said.

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