InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA -In 2017, it was no proof that the fire took place for the good prevention. “There was no fire case in palm oil plantations,” General Secretary of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Togar Sitanggang said in the press conference with some media in Jakarta, Tuesday (30/1/2018).
He also said, IPOA and the members had prevented the fire in the forest and areas around the concession by making Desa Siaga Api in many regions. By the end of 2017, there had been more than 572 Desa Siaga Api made by the companies as the members of IPOA within many names. The mitigation and anticipation training to fire prevention were done in many regions and would be increased, continued in the future.
But in 2017 some domestic and international issues hit national palm oil plantation industries. At least, there are 4 (four) problems to face. The first is uncertainty about business license to plantation by the publication of Government’s Regulation No. 57 / 2017, and the other regulation, and also the decision of forest region through many Decision about the forest region.
The second is that many contraproductive regional regulations raised. The third is the negative campaigns from domestic and foreign countries that local and foreign non-government organizations vocalized, human rights issue, such as, child labour, and the taking of indigenous people’s rights.
The fourth is the trade barries raised in many countries, such as, United States of America by making antidumping policy to biodiesel from Indonesia, the emergence of Europan Resolution by saying, palm oil biodiesel is forbidden because it makes many issues, such as, deforestation, corruption, child labours, and human rights violation.
India also increased palm oil import tax twice in 2017 compared to it in 2016. “The senate of Australia also proposed Draft of Competition and Consumer Amendment (Truth in Labeling – Palm Oil),” he said.
The trade barrier done by many countries is ironical with the significant increasing export. This showed that crude palm oil is most vital vegetable oil for the world and would be needed more as same as the increasing population in every single year.
There would be efforts to postpone or stop palm oil industries because of the tight vegetable oil trade competition. “In this condition, the government should be careful to see these issues and the government should not publish the policies that postpone the industries by noting that it is the biggest exchange to support the economy in Indonesia,” he said. (T2)