Smallholders have nothing to fear, assures EU envoy

Sheridan Mahavera

Maria Castillo Fernandez, the EU ambassador and head of delegation to Malaysia, says most Malaysian smallholders are not certified and do not produce palm oil for biofuels. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Afif Abd Halim, July 3, 2019.

OIL palm smallholders, who produce 40% of the crop in Malaysia, have nothing to fear about Europe’s latest law on the commodity, said Maria Castillo Fernandez, the region’s top envoy to the country.

The European Union Renewable Energy Directive II (EU RED II) applies only to palm oil-based biofuels, and not palm oil used in other industries and products, where the oil produced by a majority of smallholders goes towards.

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