A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Approach on the Production of Sago Sucker for Cultivation

  • NAJWA SULAIMAN Malaysian Palm Oil Board, No.6, Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • NIK SASHA KHATRINA KHAIRUDDIN Malaysian Palm Oil Board, No.6, Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • MAIZAN ISMAIL Malaysian Palm Oil Board, No.6, Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • CHEE BENG YEOH Malaysian Palm Oil Board, No.6, Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
  • FARAH KHUWAILAH AHMAD BUSTAMAM Malaysian Palm Oil Board, No.6, Persiaran Institusi, Bandar Baru Bangi, 43000 Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia
Keywords: Life cycle assessment, life cycle inventory, sago, sucker

Abstract

Sago palm is one of the commodities being cultivated and traded in Malaysia for its high starch content. Sago seedling, or commonly referred to as sucker, is the planting material for sago cultivation. This paper discusses the life cycle assessment approach for the calculation of life cycle inventory for the production of one sago sucker. In this study, the functional unit is defined as one sago sucker. The process starts from the reception of suckers from suppliers, raft preparation, planting sago suckers in rafts, fertilization, and ends with transportation of the suckers to the plantation. Interviews and data verification were done on-site at the Crop Research and Application Unit (CRAUN) Sungai Talau Research Station. LCI data showed that water was the main input for the production of sago sucker, followed by diesel for transportation, pesticides, and fertilisers. The outcome of this study provides a basis or guideline to planters in implementing sago best agricultural practices for the production of sustainable sago.

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Published
2021-06-30
How to Cite
SULAIMAN, N., KHAIRUDDIN, N. S. K., ISMAIL, M., YEOH , C. B., & AHMAD BUSTAMAM, F. K. (2021). A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Approach on the Production of Sago Sucker for Cultivation. Borneo Journal of Resource Science and Technology, 11(1), 64-72. https://doi.org/10.33736/bjrst.2948.2021