InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –General Secretary of Asosiasi Petani Perkebunan Indonesia (GAPPERINDO), Gamal Nasir, said, the government should not let Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) to the independent institution.
The government should monitor the certification institution and supervise how the palm oil plantation cultivation is done. It is the function of General Directorate of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture as it is regulated. “The issue is not about the need of independent institution for ISPO but the Presidential Regulation should not be about the technical issues in palm oil plantation. The President should not think of the technical issue for Ministry of Agriculture has its authority to do so. The other ministry could contribute to accelerate ISPO,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (12/4/2018) in the spare time of International Conference and Expo – Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ICE-ISPO) in Jakarta.
Meanwhile, General Director of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Bambang said, ISPO itself has been regulated in the Regulation of Minister of Agriculture No. 11/2015.
“The Regulation also explains that ISPO is an obligation done by palm oil plantation companies to maintain the environment, increase the social economy, and enforce the regulation in Indonesia in palm oil sector,” he said.
He continued, the regulation is completely and clearly regulating that ISPO certification system is series of condition that consists of 7 (seven) principles, 34 (thrity four) criteria, and 141 (one hundred and one) indicators about legal, economy, environment, and social. “Everything is regulated in Regulation of Minister of Agriculture,” he said.(T2)