InfoSAWIT, BOGOR - Indonesia is the biggest palm oil producer in the world. Based on the data from Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), crude palm oil (CPO) production in 2017 reached about 38,17 million tons and palm kernel oil (PKO) reached 41,98 million tons. In the history of civilization, particularly in agricultural sector, palm oil industrial development is the fastest one. Palm oil production reaching 42 millions of tons could be reachable in about 170 years after it was planted as the plantation collection in Kebun Raya Bogor in 1848.
The numbers are not maximal yet because the upstream to the downstream development are not efficient yet. It means, there are lots of pressures, both from the domestic and foreign countries. It is also blocked by regulations, not having the latest technology, and has no powerful organization. If the issues could be solved, palm oil production nationally could be twice more than nowadays production.
Such issues could be solved by organized research and development and should run well within the available fund. It is not about production only, but the quality of the production should be increased too so that Indonesia could be the country within the best quality of CPO. “Of course not only CPO and PKO, but we should notice the upstream industries for they are the mainstays in the industries,” Chairman ofMasyarakatPerkelapasawitan Indonesia(MAKSI), DarmonoTaniwiryono, recently said in Bogor.
It is the same with other products, such as, stalk, empty bunch, fiber, and shell. They should be created to make better additional values. This will make palm oil industries more sustainable. “The hopes could only be realized through the organized research and development well within the good fund,” Darmono said.(T2)
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