InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –In April 2018 Coordinator Ministry in Maritime, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, did diplomacy safari to some countries in Europe, such as, Belgium, Netherland, and Germany to respond the decision of European Union Parliament to limit palm oil usage in the Blue Continent.
After leading the Negotiation Team, Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said, the goal of the diplomacy safari was not for begging but for explaining that palm oil is important to Indonesia.
He said, palm oil for Indonesia massively contributes to the export. The exchange from the commodity could be reaching US$ 45 billion. “It is only from one commodity. We do not talk or discuss about the derivative products from the super strategic industries for Indonesia in the future,” he said when being a keynote speaker in a seminar, “Menjawab Hambatan Perdagangan Ekspor Minyak Sawit Di Pasar Global”, in Jakarta recently.
He continued, it is important to notice that palm oil could hire many workers, and smallholders significantly. “There are about 5,5 million men directly working in the field, and 12 million men indirect workers. So the total workers could be reaching 17,5 million men. The government keeps doing research about how to increase the new seeds so that they can be replanted and increase the plasma so that the productivity could be 5-6 tons per hectare per year,” he said.
Besides, he also explained about the progress of Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II which may be the start to limit palm oil and derivate usages. “If European Union Commission and Energy Council agreed with this, CPO import to biofuel in Europe would be decreasing because 1/3 of the import from Indonesia is used to biodiesel. But it is not final yet,” Luhut said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT. (T2)