InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –Head of Global Forest Campaign, Greenpeace Indonesia, Kiki Taufik in the written information in Jakarta, last Saturday replied every thought saying that the non-government organization makes black campaign to palm oil sector. She claimed, Greenpeace never has and publishes anti-palm oil policy or wants to end palm oil industry in Indonesia.
“From the beginning, Greenpeace is not anti-palm oil. We do believe that palm oil is important for the smallholders and the economy in Indonesia and it should be maintained well,” she said as quoted fromAntara.
She thought, Greenpeace does many campaigns to end the deforestation, not to end this industry. “Forbidding palm oil export is not the same with ending deforestation,” she said.
Actually Kiki admitted, palm oil plantation is efficient to the land usage which means, one hectare of palm oil plantation could produce more than others, such as, soybean, or sunflower.
If palm oil is banned, the company and the government could substitute it by other palm oil. This would be risky to other regions, for example, the other plantation may substitute palm oil in deforestation or even make it worse in Indonesia or other regions.
So she continued, Greenpeace would not advocate the companies or government to stop or ban palm oil production.
In the reverse, Greenpeace does campaign to make sure that the companies do not produce or trade palm oil by scarifying the forest and peat.
She thought, the main issue is in the palm oil traders that still have something to do with forest damage. On the other hand, the government just published Palm oil Moratorium (President’s Instruction No. 8 / 2018) about the Postponement and Evaluation of Palm Oil Plantation License and Enhancement of Palm Oil Productivity which is indirectly convinced that there are issues in this sector.
In 2010, the members of Consumer Goods Forum promised to clean up deforestation from every chain of stock in every commodity in 2020.
“The time runs for those to fulfill and realize the promise. It is less than 500 days. We could not let the palm oil industry fail again,” she said. (T2)