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Oil palm has a future in the local industry

Six municipalities of Zulia focused on the production of this item for the industry

The municipalities of Colón, Catatumbo and Jesús María Semprúm, in the state of Zulia, are pioneers in the production of oil palm and represent 72% of national production, reported Luis Urbina, president of the Federation of Palm Growers of Venezuela (Fepalven).

He points out that these last four years have been one of recovery in this agricultural production sector, which covers 30% of national demand. Only in the state of Zulia have 100.000 hectares of oil palm planted, with a yield of 10 tons of palm per 10.000 square meters.

Urbina considers that, although it is a low performance compared to other countries, they have the expectation of growing this coming year. He assured that Colombia presents a yield that exceeds between 25 to 30% per hectare per year.

“We have gone through some difficulties regarding fair prices and import levels that force us to integrate,” says Urbina in relation to the recent creation of the Federation of Palm Farmers of Venezuela, which brings together 12 associations of producers that have 7.800 productive hectares at scale. national.

El Zulia: pioneer. Currently, the Zulia state has 80.000 hectares in production and 26.000 more that will come into production this next year. In addition, it has seeds in nurseries that can cover 4.000 more hectares. “That's why we have to bet on the national.

Zulia, Táchira, Yaracuy, Monagas, Trujillo, Mérida, Barinas and Portuguesa are ready to increase the number of what is done in Venezuela,” says Urbina.

He points out that the yield of crops in Zulia has improved “and there is already a yield of 10 tons per square meter,” he assures and adds that they offer an oil yield that is between 2 to 2,2 tons of oil per hectare.

Venezuela has 3.000 oil palm producers, between small and medium, and in Zulia there are 300 producers, who generate 56% of national production, making Zulia a pioneer in palm production.

Urbina details that 72% of this production comes from the José María Semprúm and Catatumbo municipalities, due to their optimal agroecological conditions for the development of oil palm cultivation. He adds that oil palm is also planted in Colón, Francisco Javier Pulgar, Baralt and Machiques and notes that the latter municipality is opening up again to the oil palm market.

Zulia has 80.000 hectares planted. Photos: Fepalven

Strategic

The president of Fepalven assures that the national oil palm production is marketed throughout Venezuela. Of this production, more than 80% goes to national consumption in edible oils, 15% is used for balanced animal feed, and the rest is for the confectionery, soap and ice cream industry, “where palm oil is one of the great expanders for these agroindustries.”

He said that they have great expectations and hope in the next year to exceed 30% of the national production that they generate today, although they must face some difficulties such as climate change that could affect performance this and next year.

“We are integrating producers at the national level to discuss participation in the different working groups regarding oil conglomerates that have to do with industrialization,” he indicated.

Venezuelan palm producers are receiving advice on internationalization and credit, says Mauricio Vargas Giraldo, manager of Palmicultores del Norte (Palnorte) of Colombia, who recognizes that our country is a pioneer in oil palm, specifically with the company Palmeras Diana. .

Seeds in nurseries can cover an extra 4.000 hectares

Data

10 tons of palm for every 10.000 square meters of planting is the yield in Zulia.

Venezuela has 3.000 small and medium-sized oil palm producers in eight states.

80% of the oil goes for national consumption, 15% for balanced foods and the rest for the industry.

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