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CRUDE palm oil (CPO) prices are not expected to fall below RM4,500 a tonne, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin said.
She said that 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.
“The price of palm oil has not dropped to the previous level 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.
“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,” she said.
CPO prices have been on a downward trend, falling from RM6,753.50 a tonne on June 7 to RM5,046 a tonne on June 22, a slide of 25.3%.
Meanwhile, Zuraida said the government will not hesitate to withdraw or suspend the licences of the 1kg packet cooking oil manufacturers if there were proof that they are selling the goods on the black market.
She said the government had allocated 60,000 metric tonnes of subsidised cooking oil for about 32 million people in the country.
“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. – Bernama, July 3, 2022.