Cattle Integration in Oil Palm Plantation through Systematic Management

M.A Ayob, M.A Hj Kabul

Abstract


The oil palm industry in Malaysia has expanded rapidly from 60,000 ha in 1964 to 4.49 million ha  in  2008.  More  than  80%  of  the  matured  areas  may  provide  vast opportunity  for  integration with  livestock.  This  is  to  maximize  the  utilization  of  such production  resources  as  feeds,  land and workforce. Cattle integration in oil palm plantation offers one of the best options to increase local beef and dairy supply. Studies and observations on cattle-oil palm integration have shown promising benefits in terms of savings in weeding and labor costs, as well as improved biologi-cal  and agro-ecosystem  impact.  A  case  study on  systematic  management  for  the  integration  of cattle into oil palm was conducted at Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd plantations. The objective of the study is to evaluate the effect of systematic management of cattle integration in oil palm planta-tion on labor requirement and weeding cost. The study comprised of data collection from partic-ipating plantations with regards to maintenance, labor cost, chemical/herbicides usage and yield. The results showed that the integration of cattle into oil palm through systematic management is sustainable.  The results  also  indicated  that  cost  savings  in  maintenance,  labor  requirement  and labor cost can be achieved

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