A Day in the life of a Field Manager – Part 1 – Mornings!

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!

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A start in PNG

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

WHAT ON EARTH IS PALM OIL?

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?

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So I work in Tropical Agriculture, sounds great doesn’t it, how about I work in the Palm Oil Industry? All turn away in shock with images of homeless Orangutans, burning forests and drying peat bogs. It’s a complicated issue and to be honest, it’s too complicated for me to try deal with it all right… Continue reading Namba wan Post