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Policy of Palm Oil in Peat: Ban only or Based on Science?



Policy of Palm Oil in Peat: Ban only or Based on Science?

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –Now planting palm oil in the peat more than 3 meters is forbidden. Does the ban refer to the scientific fact or unreasonable ban?

The soil researcher of Malaysia, S. Paramananthan of Param Agricultural Soil Surveys (M) sdn. Bhd., said, the peat in Asia has different characteristic from the peat in Europe.

The peat in Europe consists of grass while the peat in Asia mostly consists of wood. This happens for Asia has many woods (forests).

Paramananthan who is famously known as Paramsaid, the category of peat in Europe is not the same with it in Asia. “It is wrong to equate the category of peat,” he said.

It is normal that peat cultivation for palm oil has some issues if the peat consists of piles of wood. “Planting something in the peat usually gets trouble, that is, the pile of wood,” he recently said in Jakarta.

It would be more difficult if the peat has hard wood and could not be lifted up to the surface. This would spend more money to develop the area.

So cultivating peat needs good preparation, such as, doing previous research. He also mentioned, it has no depth limit to cultivate in the peat.

It is known after Param Agricultural Soil Surveys (M) sdn. Bhd., did some researches about palm oil cultivation in the peat, between 1,5 meters and 3 meters in depth.

From the research, it was revealed that the depth of peat has no influence the cultivation (research). “Based on our research from the students of doctoral program in Malaysia, the result was just the same when comparing palm oil cultivation in the 1,5 meter and 3 meters in depth,” he said.

So it is clear that peat could be cultivated no matter the depth is. But the issue in peat cultivation is that does the peat has hard wood or not because it has something to do with the root of palm oil tree.(T2)

 


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