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The production characteristics of the oil palm have been significantly improved over the years through the introduction of improved cultivars, resulting in greater yields in maturity and higher production earlier in the oil palm's life cycle.

Modern plantings can, with the benefit of the best agricultural practices, demonstrate annual yields at maturity in the range of 20 to 30 tonnes of fresh fruit bunches per hectare, compared with 2.5 to 5 tonnes for semi-wild croppings. Seed hybridisation programmes have also increased the oil and kernel content of the fresh fruit bunch from 20% to 24% and from 4.0% to 5.0%, respectively.