InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - In the briefing of the European Union Embassadors in Ministry of External Affairs in Jakarta, on 28 November 2017, Executive Director of Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), Mahendra Siregarsaid, plantation and palm oil factories are the keys to the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Indonesia, including to solve the poverty and development disparity. So Indonesia is really sorry for the discrimination done by European Union to Indonesia’s palm oil.
He also said, the CPOPC noted some discriminations, such as, the first, the anti – dumping and trumped up subsidy and no clear evidence and argumentation.
The second, European namely the Parliament vocalized the discrimination, such as, by making the resolution on 4 April 2017 about Palm oil and Deforestation; and the Environment Commission of European Parliament forbids to use palm oil for biofuel industries starting from 2021.
The third, Amsterdam Declaration. If it is adopted as the policy of the European Union, or the countries signing the declaration, it is a discrimination for it is unfairly run to vegetable oil produced by Europe.
The fourth, some studies done by European Commission really criticized palm oil but it does not the same with vegetable oil in its domestic.
The fifth, some non government organizations, as a matter of fact, find one or two mistakes in the countries, as wide as Indonesia. But they never see the context and policy that the government has published to solve the mistakes.
The sixth, the negative marketing campaign done by some companies, such as, by aeroplane KLM, that would not get product having palm oil. “And the seventh, some trade marks make no palm oil,” he recently said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
Manhendra also explained, the palm oil producer countries are the countries knowing that this is sustainable one. If there is no palm oil, the needs of vegetable oil should be replaced by wider agricultural areas – the rapeseed areas are ten times more than palm oil areas, and soybean areas are 5 times wider. The productivity of the two is only 1/10 and 1/5 of palm oil. “It means, the natural areas and others in the future would be wider than nowadays areas,” he said.(T3)