Fast Facts

Facts on Oil Palm  
Origin West Africa
Height increment 60-70 cm per year
Frond (large divided leaf) length 6-8 metres
Ripe fruit Yellowish red
Nursery period 12-15 months
Age of harvesting 30 months after planting
Years in production 25 years
Planting density 124-148 trees/ha
Number of bunches 12-18 bunches per year
Fruit per bunch 1,000-3,000 fruitlets
Bunch weight 20-30 Kg
Fruitlet weight 10 g
Kernel per fruit 5-8 per cent
Oil to bunch ratio 20-25% per cent
Oil production 4-5 tonnes/ha/year

 

Explosive growth in use vegetable oils 20th century, due to growth world population

Explosive growth in use vegetable oils

 

Production and uptake of sustainable palm oil

Production and uptake of sustainable palm oil