InfoSAWIT, PALEMBANG -Palm oil industry significantly plays its role to develop regional and national economy and conquer the poverty in many regions. But the factor of production constraint, namely about insect always become the field issue. “Emtomology or the science about insect is significant issue in palm oil industry,” Bandung Sahariof Indonesian Palm Oil Association who is also the Vice President of Sustainability, PT Astra Agro Lestari, Tbk., said in the National Seminar of PEI (Perhimpunan Entomologi Indonesia) within the theme, “Serangga untuk Pertanian Berkelanjutan dan Kesehatan Lebih Baik”, 12 July 2018.
He said, one challenge in palm oil industry to face is insect. “It bothers the growth of the plantation and may decrease the productivity,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (12/7/2018).
This also decreases the income of the people and could threaten their welfare. If it is not managed well in the long term, it would threaten the sustainability of the palm oil productivity and the environment if the pesticide becomes the main option. So it is important to make research that supports the pest control environmentally. The pollination in palm oil does also depend to the pest. The ineffective pollination may make many un-seed fruit within low yield.
Meanwhile Chairman of Perhimpunan Entomologi Indonesia, Prof. Damayanti Buchori, said, from the global research, the pollinator insects decrease. The research also revealed that the decreasing pollinator insect would have something to do with the food, and also palm oil plantation “The absense of pollinator insect could be the crusial issue for palm oil,” he said.(T2)