Palm Tree plantation – Malaysia

A few years ago while in Malaysia visiting relatives, I had the good fortune of being able to visit my father-in-law’s Oil Palm plantation. Armed with my Canon 7D, I was determined to get some nice pictures.

Larger clay road in the Palm plantation
Larger clay road in the Palm plantation
Path between plants for vehicles to drive through
The narrow path serves as a road for vehicles to drive through to bring supplies and collect the Palm fruit during harvest

My father-in-law is a remarkable man. Despite being in his 70s, he still manages to care for his plantation and the few workers he has working for him.

My father-in-law next to one of his Palm trees
My father-in-law next to one of his Palm trees
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Winding road which goes up the hill – Palm trees grown along either side

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These plants produce Palm fruit, which are sold for the palm oil it contains. The palm fruit has to be harvested twice a month, and transported to the factory to be sold. The palm trees require plant fertiliser to be applied to it regularly (once every two months) in order to continue to be fruitful. He uses organic fertiliser, which he says improves the yield of palm fruit significantly.

Palm tree with male flowers
Palm tree with male flowers
Flowers of the oil palm
Male flowers of the oil palm (side view)
Flowers of the oil palm
Male flowers of the oil palm (from below)

Malaysia is the second largest producer of palm oil in the world. He is just one of the many small private plantation owners, who together combine to form a significant portion of the 5,000,000 hectares estimated total growing Palm trees in Malaysia.

Palm tree
Palm tree bearing fruit
Palm trees set on a hill
Palm trees set on top of the hill

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The palm trees when first planted will need to grow for three years before it will be ready for harvesting. In the mean time, there is still ongoing work to look after them, removing weeds which grow up next to the plants and also regularly adding fertiliser.

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Ripe Palm tree fruit waiting to be harvested
Ripening Palm tree fruit soon to be harvested
Palm tree fruit ripe and rich in Palm oil
Palm tree fruit ripe and rich in Palm oil
Palm fruit up close
Palm fruit up close
The truck for transporting the harvest
The truck for transporting the harvest

These are the products of the harvest, which need to be transported to be sold. My father-in-law was very keen to show me the truck he had bought specifically for transport the palm fruit harvest.

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