Good Agricultural Practices
- promote sustainable agriculture
- improve the efficiency of our operations
- mitigate the risks of non-compliance with national and international regulations or voluntary codes of conduct
Adopt zero-burning policy
Enhance oil yield of oil palm trees
Maintain quality of surface and ground water
As water availability and use rights become a growing concern, we are cognisant of the need to protect our water resources in and around our concessions. We have implemented a holistic water management plan to maintain and protect the quality and availability of surface and ground water, both for our future growth and our neighbouring communities.
For example, to protect the quality of the water bodies, we maintain or restore appropriate Riparian and other buffer zones, whenever possible. For more information on our Riparian management, please click here.
Minimise and control degradation of soils
Use Integrated Pest Management
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to managing pests or weeds, by combining biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in a way that minimises pesticides or herbicides, thereby reducing economic, health, and environmental risks.
For example, we encourage the growth of barn owls on our estates as the barn owl serves as an effective natural predator of rats. This will help to control the rats' numbers. Rats are considered a menace in the oil palm plantations, as they feed on the young palm stems in the immature palms; in palms that are matured, they feed on oil palm fruits. A pair of barn owls can consume about 1,500 to 1,800 rats per year. Barn owls can hunt over wide areas, travelling up to five to seven km in one night.
Another example is the flowering plant, Cassia Cobanensis. It provides nectar as a food source for parasitoids associated with the nettle caterpillar and bagworm, the common leaf-eating pests in oil palm plantations. A parasitoid spends a large part of its life obtaining nourishment from its host organism, ultimately killing and preventing its host’s reproduction. With Cassia Cobanensis, there will also be a corresponding reduction in parasitoids.