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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.