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MPOB is the premier government agency entrusted to serve the country’s oil palm industry. Its main role is to promote and develop national objectives, policies and priorities for the wellbeing of the Malaysian oil palm industry.

It was incorporated by an Act of Parliament (Act 582) and established on 1 May 2000, taking over, through a merger, the functions of the Palm Oil Research Institute of Malaysia (PORIM) and the Palm Oil Registration and Licensing Authority (PORLA). Each of these respective organisations has been involved in the oil palm industry for more than 20 years and it is to render more effective services as well as to give greater national and international focus to the industry that MPOB was instituted.


MPOB derives its funding mainly from cess imposed on the industry for every tonne of palm oil and palm kernel oil produced. In addition, MPOB receives budget allocations from the government to fund development projects and for approved research projects under the Intensification of Research in Priority Areas (IRPA) programme.


  • To adopt strong market and industry-oriented research and development programmes.
  • To aggressively undertake transfer of technologies and commercialisation of research results.
  • To forge an active partnership in technology development and utilisation with the private and public sectors.
  • To strengthen international linkages and research collaboration in selected areas.
  • To promote global awareness, appreciation and demand for Malaysian oil palm and products.


  • Implement policies and development programmes to ensure the viability of the oil palm industry of Malaysia.
  • Conduct and promote research and development activities relating to the oil palm industry.
  • Regulate, register, co-ordinate and promote all activities relating to the oil palm industry.
  • Develop, promote and commercialise research findings as well as provide technical, advisory and consultancy services to the oil palm industry.
  • Develop and maintain markets for oil palm products as well as promote efficient marketing.
  • Liaise and co-ordinate with other organisations inside or outside Malaysia to further enhance the oil palm industry of Malaysia.
  • Plan and implement training programmes and human resource development in line with the needs of the oil palm industry.
  • Be the resource and information centre of the oil palm industry including the publication and dissemination of information on oil palm as well as other oils and fats.

The Board Members

Members of the Board which comprises a Chairman, representatives from the government and the industry, and the Director-General of MPOB are appointed by the Minister of Primary Industries. The Board plays a leadership role in giving direction to the organisation.

Several committees serve the Board in the following areas:

  • Research (Programme Advisory)
  • Finance & Development
  • Tenders
  • Establishment
  • Registration & Licensing
  • Audit

The Programme Advisory Committee

The Programme Advisory Committee comprising eminent scientists and experts from Malaysia and abroad annually examines and makes recommendations on research activities for the Board’s consideration.

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