Drive circular economy to make Malaysia a biomass hub

Malaysia, the world’s second largest exporter of palm oil and the largest contributor to the biomass industry, is capable of becoming a biomass hub through the development of a circular economy.

Prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said to drive the development of the circular economy, focus should also be given towards using raw materials from waste or excess in the chain of the agri-commodity sector.

When opening the Malaysian International Agri-commodity Expo and Summit 2022 (MIACES), the prime minister said: “This includes making agri-commodity biomass resources an important component in the circular economy.

“The government also strongly encourages efforts to make palm kernel dung a raw material for domestic aquaculture and animal husbandry food to reduce dependence on imports and contribute to the country's food security initiative.”

MIACES is organised by the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry and is held at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) from July 26 until July 28 and it involves the participation of more than 350 companies from 39 countries.

Also present were Plantation Industries and Commodities minister Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin, and Science and Technology minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

The prime minister said the effort to use agri-commodity waste material should be made a priority for Malaysia and for the world, in the face of food security challenges due to global economic uncertainty, geopolitical crisis and climate change.

The prime minister also expressed the hope that the agri-commodity sector could help re-generate the country’s economy and restore the economic stability of the people.


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