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The world market of palm oil is very good due to its ability to be used widely to manufacture different products. It is imported to various parts of the world for its health and commercial benefits. America, Africa, Europe and Asia all offer good markets for the product.
A small scale facility has the capability to produce 1 — 2 tonnes of fresh fruit per hour and apply batch processes that require manual labour for reduced operation costs. On the other hand, large scale facilities use systems that utilize skilled labour and excellent management. They have the ability to process between 10 — 60 tonnes of fresh palm oil fruits.
Traditional Palm Fruit Processing Method
Traditional oil processing method usually involves pounding and extraction of the fruit. The cells containing the oil are broken. The cooked fruits are pounded in big concrete I wooden mortars using wooden pestle. The pounded product is then put in water to remove nuts and fibre. The removal is through hand squeezing. The obtained oil is then dried and threshed. This method is tedious or highly labor intensive. It requires so much input in terms of time and energy and yet the output is not so much.
Modern Palm Oil Processing
Modern oil processing involves use of palm oil production plant. With an advanced automated oil mill plant and machinery the process is faster and more efficient. The mechanical thresher separates fruits and the bunches through vibration and rotating. Heat is used for partial cooking the fruit to stop enzymatic reactions which are responsible for mesocarp cell disruption through oxidation.
Palm oil production through palm oil production plant saves labor costs. Costs involved such as electricity costs, machinery maintenance, machine replacement costs are comparatively very minimal. The maintenance cost is approximately 2 percent. Machine replacement costs also accounts for about 2 percent where the machine has a lifespan of 20 years.
Palm Oil Facts
produce red palm oil for cooking purpose Palm oil is a tropical crop that produces oil from mesocarp and palm kernel oil gotten from the seeds. The oil is rich in a vitamin A or carotene. It is used for cooking and as raw materials in manufacture of many products some of them being: detergents and soaps, confectionery, margarine, candle, epoxy resins, cosmetics, lubricants and pomades. There are other uses such as the palm kernel extracts are used as additives during manufacture of livestock feed. Palm wine is also a product made from the inflorescent male palm.
Every part oil palm has some economic value and hence a palm oil mill plant is a great asset. For instance, the leaves are used to make thatch for house roofing purposes. The leaves rachises are very good fencing materials, building reinforcing materials basket making materials. The leaflets midribs make very good broom materials. The soft tissue and the apical bud are edible and hence make a very delicious meal. (Related article: Palm Oil Refinery Plant)
The bunch which remains after the fruit has been plucked off is rich in potassium and used in soap making. After oil extraction, the left over is used to provide fuel and the shell to provide house floor aggregate. The trunk is used for making timber which is a material for construction purposes.
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