MPIC Government of Malaysia and Ministry of : INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ON PALM OIL MECHANIZATION (ICOPM) – 100 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION

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INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION ON PALM OIL MECHANIZATION (ICOPM) - 100 YEARS SPECIAL EDITION

In conjunction with this year's centennial celebration of Malaysian palm oil commercialization, I am pleased to announce that MPOB will host the 100-years Special Edition of the International Competition on Oil Palm Mechanization (ICOPM-100).

2. The special edition of ICOPM-100 comes with an exclusive grand prize of USD 1,000,000 and it offers 3 different categories to be contested. The grand prize winner will be awarded to the 'winner of winners' based on outstanding innovation and creativity that will transform the oil palm industry. The three different categories offer a total cash prizes of USD 130,000 to be given out.

(Together these prizes made up to USD 1,130,000 or about RM 5 million.)

Details of the categories and respective prizes are listed in the table below:

1 Harvesting Category

1st Prize: USD 25,000.00

2nd Prize: USD 15,000.00

3rd Prize: USD 10,000.00

2 Loose Fruits Collection Category

1st Prize: USD 25,000.00

2nd Prize: USD 15,000.00

3rd Prize: USD 10,000.00

3 Fresh Fruit Bunches Evacuation Category

1st Prize: USD 20,000.00

2nd Prize: USD 10,000.00

3. The competition is aimed to discover practical, cost effective and field-ready innovations that can enhance daily field operations in oil palm plantations, especially for the smallholders. Participants are also encouraged to collaborate with operators of oil palm plantations or smallholdings in developing their invention prototypes to be able to function in an environment of palm oil plantations and this competition is open for both national and international participations.

4. I wish good luck to those who are interested to participate and I welcome all stakeholders across the industry chains to be part of the competition. With today's announcement of the 100 years special edition of ICOPM, our exciting journey towards the next 100 years has just begun.

YB DATUK SERI MAH SIEW KEONG

Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities

22 February 2017

For more information, please visit MPOB website (www.mpob.gov.my).

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