Haven’t posted in ages, life and work really keep you busy. Anyway I’m just posting a very short blog on Frogs. My knowledge of the flora and fauna of Papua New Guinea is unfortunately very limited although my enthusiasm for them isn’t and thanks to my friends at Walinidi Plantation Resort (www.walindifebrina.com) I am slowly… Continue reading Tree Frogs
Palm oil production has, without question, had a huge impact on the environment in many tropical regions; whether that be loss of habitat for critically endangered species such as orangutans and tigers, choking smog across Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, or the effect on global warming from the burning of forests and the draining of tropical… Continue reading How can palm oil be sustainable? The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil.
After breakfast it is usually back to the office to see if there is any paper work or reports to deal with. Then I drive back out to the field to take a walk around and check that the company standards and policies are being followed with regard to harvesting, upkeep and health and safety. … Continue reading A Day in the life of a Field Manager – Part 2 – the working day
My role is as a Field Manager on one of the many plantations on West New Britain. Let me tell you how that works. My day starts at 3.55am when my alarm goes off, it then ends 30 seconds later when I hit the snooze button, and fall back to sleep. I then wake up… Continue reading A Day in the life of a Field Manager – Part 1 – Mornings!
The plane touched down at Hoskins airport, West New Britain. I was here to take up a new job as an assistant manager at a palm oil plantation. I had never been to this part of the world or worked in palm oil before. It was a whole new experience for me, and so it… Continue reading A start in PNG
If you had asked me this question a few years ago I would have been pretty stumped. Like most people I vaguely understood that Palm Oil grew in the tropics, and that it had a bad press. If you had asked me what the oil palm fruit looked like, or how you harvested it I… Continue reading WHAT ON EARTH IS PALM OIL?