The Oil Palm business of A Brown Co., Inc. is being handled by its wholly-owned subsidiary – A Brown Energy and Resources Development, Inc. (ABERDI). Its Oil Palm Nursery at Xavier Estates in Cagayan de Oro City has increased from an initial 9 hectares (from company website) to 30 hectares now as stated in local news reports.
ABERDI maintains a much larger palm nursery in Kalabugao, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon with a total area of nearly 600 has. Nursery period is 9-12 months.
ABERDI has two (2) divisions, the plantation and the mill. The oil palm plantation is located in Dalirig, Kalabugao in Manolo Fortich and one Impasug-ong, all of which are located in the Bukidnon Province of Mindanao. The Dalirig plantation started in October 2002, for Impasug-ong – in year 2004 and for Kalabugao – in year 2006. Total area planted are as follows: Dalirig = 27.2 has., Kalabugao = 565.66 has. and Impasug-ong = 3.60 has. Of this area, 58 hectares are flowering. Harvesting started in June 2005 for Dalirig and on June 2007 in Impasug-ong.
The oil palm specie being planted is Tenera (Dura x Pesifera) whose origin is from South Africa. The area elevation (above sea level) for each location are as follows: Dalirig = 600 mtrs., Kalabugao = 800 mtrs. and Impasug-ong = 600 mtrs.
On the other hand, the palm oil mill began constructing in March 2006. It has a feed capacity of 1.5 tons/hr. while its output of crude palm oil (cpo) is 6 tons per day for a 20 hour operation. The palm oil extraction process is called hydraulic extraction. The oil extraction ratio of crude palm oil range from 15% to 20% while Palm Kernel recovery ranges from 3% to 5% respectively. Other products are sludge oil, fiber and shell empty bunches sludge as non-food uses.
According to news reports, ABERDI is targeting to plant around 20,000 hectares of palm trees in Misamis Oriental.
all photos and info from A Brown’s new website at http://www.abrowncoinc.com.