Palm Oil Industry to Generate 300,000 Jobs
BUTUAN CITY ---- Jobs to be generated out of the country’s palm oil industry are expected to hit 300,000 by the year 2023, according to the Philippine Palm Oil Industry Roadmap.
“It’s a labor-intensive industry that really needs a lot of workers in the planting, harvesting and processing of palm oil,” says C.K. Chang, vice president and chief operating officer of Agusan Plantations Inc. one of the biggest palm oil producers in the country.
Chang said a cumulative total of at least 353,000 hectares of oil palm would have been planted all over the country by the year 2023, turning out at least 1.5 million metric tons of crude palm oil for the domestic and export markets. From 2014 to 2023, the palm oil industry expects to generate employment and boost livelihood that would benefit farmers, growers, plant workers and small village enterprises from the growth of this industry, according to Chang.
As an active member of the palm oil industry cluster under the National Industry Cluster Capacity Enhancement Project (NICCEP), Chang wants to see active government support to build farm-to-market roads as well as research and training centers in all the oil palm growing regions like Caraga and the ARMM. Chang said the industry also wants to develop farming villages near palm oil plantations complete with housing, health clinics, schools and sport centers in all the palm oil growing regions of Mindanao.
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