The development of a circular economy in Malaysia, in line with its status as the world's second-largest exporter of palm oil, could make the country a biomass hub, according to prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
Opening the Malaysian International Agri-Commodity Expo and Summit 2022 (MIACES) on 26 July, he said that focus should be placed upon using raw materials from waste or excess in the chain of the agri-commodity sector.
“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 as raw material for domestic aquaculture and animal husbandry food to reduce dependence on import and contribute to the country's food security initiative,” he continued.
MIACES is organised by the Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry and held at the Malaysia International and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) from 26 July until 28 July. 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.
Ismail Sabri said that, as the world faces food security challenges due to global economic uncertainty, geopolitical turmoil and climate change, the effort to use agri-commodity waste material should be stepped up across the world.