JASIN – The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) has urged consumers in the country to use palm milk as an alternative to reduce the dependency on coconut milk besides increasing the use of palm in the country.
MPOB Chairman, Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said most Malaysians and Asians use coconut milk in their cooking and it may cause supply shortages when it is not managed well.
Ahmad who is also Jasin Member of Parliament said MPOB had conducted various researches and trials using palm milk to produce traditional coconut milk cuisines such as dodol, cendol and nasi lemak.
“We are not trying to stop the dependency on coconut, especially the coconut milk. These initiatives are meant to provide choices for the consumers.
“We cannot solely depend on a single product (coconut) as it could lead to shortages. We needed to import the supplies particularly during the festive seasons,” he told the media during his Aidilfitri open house.
Also present were the Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and MPOB Director-General Dr Ahmad Kushairi Din.
Elaborating further, Ahmad said the use of palm milk extensively would also uplift the economy status of more than 600,000 oil palm smallholders in the country while stabilising coconut milk price in the market.
He added, based on research by MPOB’s nutrition experts, palm milk contains 50 percent saturated fat compared to 92 percent in coconut milk, thus making it a better option for health.
MPOB has improved new technologies to produce quality palm milk that could last longer and be commercialised widely, he said.
“There are only four small and medium enterprises involved in the production of palm milk in Malaysia. This figure is still small compared with coconut milk entrepreneurs. It has a market but cannot accommodate the demand,” said Ahmad Khusairi.
Most of the palm milk entrepreneurs operate in the Klang Valley and MPOB aims to transfer the palm milk production technology to more entrepreneurs as the industry is projected to expand rapidly over the next few years. -MalaysiaGazette