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The oil Palm tree: A renewable energy in poverty eradication in developing countries

Author(s): Omokaro Obire,*1 and Ramesh R. Putheti,2

Journal: Drug Invention Today
ISSN 0975-7619

Volume: 2;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 34;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Palm oil tree | variety of products

This paper highlights the role of the oil palm tree (Elaeis guineensis) as a renewable energy in poverty eradication in developing countries. Many uses of the oil palm are known. This paper describes the processing of palm oil fruits for the extraction of both palm oil and palm kernel oil at the small-scale level. Palm oil and palm kernel oil are the primary major products of the oil palm tree. These oils also are raw materials for the production of a variety of products such as cooking oils, biodiesel, edible fats in the confectionery and bakery trades, ice-cream, mayonnaise, toilet soap, powder detergents, pomades, candles, etc. The palm kernel cake is a major ingredient in the livestock feed manufacture. Palm wine, an alcoholic beverage produced from the sap obtained by the tapping of the male inflorescence is sweet when fresh and sugar can be produced from it. Gin is distilled from the fermented wine. The trunk and the leaflet of the tree are also used for the production of various materials. The sale of all these products of the palm tree will yield cash (money) and social recognition for the oil palm tree farmer. It is also argued that adequate support from the government in terms of research in oil palm, training of farmers, provision of processing facilities, and social amenities will help to promote the quality of products and increase the earnings of the oil palm farmers and processors. In order to attract the land-less farmers, incentives are should be offered to them in the shape of land and seeds at an affordable price. They should also be provided road approach, drinking water facility, low cost sanitation, primary education, basic health facilities, oil extraction mill and market to the nearest township to enable them to sell the fruit, seed, oil and inter-cropped vegetables. These facilities if provided would be result oriented, functional and economically viable thereby eradicating poverty in the society.

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