Research & Development

Progress Through Research & Development

Growth through innovation.

Supporting our plantation businesses as well as renewable energy ventures, we invest in Research and Development (“R&D”), which is carried out at the Kulim Agrotech Centre (“KAC”) located in Kota Tinggi, Johor. As a centre of excellence, KAC hosts five operating units, namely Tissue Culture, Genomic Laboratory, Plant Breeding Laboratory, Ulu Tiram Central Laboratory (“UTCL”) and R&D Management Office (Agronomy Advisory and Plant Breeding Office). Research in agronomy and plant breeding is carried out at the R&D Management Office, which also has a microbiology lab. In addition, we collaborate with MPOB and the Malaysian Nuclear Agency on various agricultural-related areas of research.

AGRONOMY UNIT

Overview

The Agronomy Unit contributes to operations by providing technical expertise on enhancing productivity. With over 40 years of experience, it enables Kulim to gauge the performance of different planting areas more effectively, providing analysis and recommendations on best practices, identifying sites for new agronomy trials and recommending measures to overcome pest and disease outbreaks. Outcomes of science-based research are shared with estates across the Group to enhance field performance, benchmarked against high performers.
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Guiding plantations on best agricultural practices.
Recommend the best fertilisers for maximum yield.
Establish and update planting procedures and protocols based on research & regulations
Ensure that all agricultural inputs purchased are of good quality, safe and suitable for the specific crops

PLANT BREEDING LABORATORY

Overview

The primary objective of our Plant Breeding Laboratory is to produce elite planting materials to enhance our palm oil yield.
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To supply DxP seeds and tenera ramets for Kulim’s annual replanting programme.
To create new improved planting material through Plant Breeding R&D.
Outside sales of DxP seeds

ULU TIRAM CENTRAL LABORATORY (“UTCL”)

Overview

UTCL conducts various chemical and physical tests, focusing mainly on agricultural samples such as soil, fertilisers, foliar, effluent, water, palm oil and latex. UTCL has been ISO/IEC 17025 accredited since 2005. Equipped with the latest instruments to provide fast and reliable laboratory services such as inductive coupled plasma-optical emissions spectrophotometer (“ICP-OES”), Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer (“AAS”), UV-Vis Spectrophotometer and nitrogen auto analysers, it seeks to become the preferred laboratory for the wider agricultural community.
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To provide laboratory analytical services on plants, soil, fertilisers, effluents and water samples to internal (Kulim group of estates) and external clients.
To produce fast, reliable and accurate results to enable prompt application and quality claim by clients.

TISSUE CULTURE

Overview

Tissue culture is the best way to mass-produce elite planting materials. Research in tissue culture conducted in the laboratory is applied to mass production by Kulim TopPlant. Through progressive research, the objective is to develop clonal oil palm planting materials that will help Kulim to achieve higher OER.
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Produce high quality clonal planting material for Kulim group of estates
Deliver materials to selected estates in a timely fashion.
Assist estates in taking care of the material in the early nursery stages to minimise losses.

Outlook

Kulim expects to produce 1,197,253 mt of CPO in 2022, 4.3% higher than our estimated production in 2021 as production rebounds taking into consideration of low cropping in 2021 hence the spill-over of crops from 2021; and normalcy in the recruitment of foreign workers.
Although fertilisers are projected to cost 15 & to 20% more in 2022, high CPO prices are likely to compensate for this. The main challenge will be to ensure the fertilisers are delivered on time
Meanwhile, our operations in Indonesia are working towards ISPO and RSPO certification, and target to achieve these by 2023.
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