Malaysia’s The Star Online has published a long feature about United Plantation. The story gives a picture on the everyday life in the palm plantation
In the feature Carl Bek-Nielsen the Danish chief executive explained how they in United Plantation manages to run a large scale oil palm farm while they take good care of their staff.
It is mentioned that the two Danish brothers who are running the business have lived on the estate from an early age. They were treated by the same doctor as the estate workers, when they got injured, and they have both worked as cadet planters at the plantation, before they went to Denmark to study agriculture.
The strong connection to the plantation from young makes the difference in the way of running a plantation, Carl Bek-Nielsen explained.
“As kids, Martin(his younger brother) and I used to play in the estate and hunt for monitor lizards and pythons. I love this land. I spend 80% of my time on the plantation. This is my home. That’s the key difference between us and many other plantations.”
United Plantation has been listed in Forbes Magazine as one of the best small companies in the world as well as the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities has also recognized it as the best managed estate, The Star Online reports.
In 1951 UP was producing 20 percent of Malaysia’s palm oil, but today it is a mid-sized company in competition with firms like Sime Darby and Felda Global Ventures. UP still has the highest yield of palm oil per hectare
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