InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –Palm oil Resolution published by European Union Parliament in the early of 2018 was spontanously protested by palm oil producers in the world. This also urged Indonesia to get the supports from the other producers in the world so that European Union re-considers palm oil ban for biodiesel in 2021.
In Indonesia, palm oil resolution makes the stakeholders, including the smallholders’ association growled. Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Apkasindo)urged the government of Indonesia to boycott palm oil exports to Europe Union.
Executive Director of Council Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC), Mahendra Siregar, said, the proposal to boycott exports to Europe Union emerged for they accused palm oil as the factor of forest damages and it could be done for some calculation.
Of the total palm oil exports from Indonesia reaching US$ 20 billion, about 20% or US$ 4 billion were from European Union. “European Union is not the main consumer of palm oil from Indonesia,” the man who once became a Vice Minister of Trade and Treasury in Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono era, said.
Actually the main palm oil consumer from Indonesia is India, then Indonesia itself. He continued, Indonesia quite massively consumes palm oil and is as the second highest palm oil consumer besides as the main producer in the world. The next palm oil importers are China, European Union, and Pakistan.
He continued, palm oil exports to European Union were dominated by derivative products within the composition 80%, and crude palm oil reaching 20%. The imports were used to the industries in Europe. “So if palm oil boycott is done, every industry in the continent would not operate anymore. If it is substituted by other kinds of vegetable oil, they would be producing the same things (goods),” he said in Jakarta. (T2)
Sumber: InfoSAWIT edisi Februari 2018