Indonesia: Palm Oil is Not Deforestation

Indonesia: Palm Oil is Not Deforestation

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has tried to accelerate the palm oil replanting program. One is done in North Sumatera. This is the government’s effort to increase the people’s economy by noticing that crude palm oil (CPO) is important for the future of the nation.

CPO industries and the derivatives have created employment, and given the good things for about 2 million smallholders.

In the other word, the commodity has played the important role to improve the living sources of the people and poverty allevation. Indonesia could fulfill the CPO demands in the global trade. The commitment is supported by the government by replanting palm oil in thousands of hectares without pressure and more deforestation.

What Indonesia does should actually be supported by the world society, including European Union. For information, European Union is really active to make black campaign in CPO from Indonesia.

In the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (30/11/2017), some efforts have been done to block palm oil exports from Indonesia. One of them is by publishing resolution to forbid biodiesel usaages in palm oil base  in 2021.

President Jokowi in ASEAN – European Union Conference in Manila in the last days, asked that Europe should end the discrimination to Indonesia’ palm oil and the countries producing CPO.

Based on that, Ministry of External Affairs presented palm oil to the Embassadors of European Union in the office of Ministry of External Affairs in Jakarta in the recent days, as what President Jokowi and Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak said.

The presentation was done by Executive Director of Council Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), Mahendra Siregar and supported by Badan Pengkajian dan Pengembangan Kebijakan (BPPK), Ministry of External Affairs, Siswo Pramono.

Besides the European Union Embassadors, there were Embassadors from Ireland, Portugal, Bulgaria, Vice Head of Netherland, and Vice Head of Sweden. Embassador of Malaysia also took part in the meeting to support Indonesia and told the concern as the member of CPOPC. (T3)

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