17 August 2017, Serdang: A 2-way forum on MSPO between Institut Kajian Perladangan (IKP) and UPM Agriculture Faculty in collaboration with MPOCC was held at Dewan Pertanian UPM in Serdang.
The forum dubbed ‘Putra Plantation Forum Series 7: Push to Adopt MSPO Sustainability Standards in Malaysia’ was attended by 100 participants from agencies as well as UPM staffs.
Prior to the dialogue, MPOCC Supply Chain senior manager, Dr. Sanath Kumaran made presentation on MPOCC introduction, roles and responsibilities before he briefed on current status of MSPO-certified hectarage nationwide and the MSPO Certification Scheme in detailed.
Arising matters and related issues where mentioned during the dialogue session such as mechanism to counter allegation on Malaysia’s palm oil especially on deforestation and peat land issues, concerns on EU markets, branding of MSPO in the global market positioning, benefits of MSPO as well as auditing processes were among the few topics on discussion.
Towards the end, Sanath calls for support from the industry players especially the estates to spread awareness on making the national mandate a success.
The 2-way forum session between agencies, traders and academia was moderated by Prof. Datuk Dr. Mad Nasir Shamsudin.
Earlier on, UPM director, Prof. Datin Dr. Siti Nor Akmar Abdullah made her welcoming speech followed by an opening remark by UPM deputy vice chancellor, Prof. Dr. Ing. Ir. Renuganth Varatharajoo for the half-day event.