InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Board (IPOB), DeromBangun said, the agreement among IPOB and The Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA), andSolidaridad becomes the way to exchange information between India and Indonesia. In addition India is one big palm oil importer from Indonesia.
It needs to develop the communication, not only between the governments but between associations. “Both sides would discuss the issues to get the solutions. We have to maintain this cooperation,” he recently said in an event in Jakarta where InfoSAWIT did attend.
Taking SEA to cooperate is that SEA is one biggest organization in the country and the main partner of India. It means that SEA could be the bridge of communication between the market needs and the government of India. ”In this forum, we really discuss to follow up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) so that India could be the main producer of our palm oil,” Deputy of Agriculture and Food Coordinator, Ministry of Agriculture, MusdhalifahMachmudsaid.
From the first meeting, there were three agreements to get, they were, both sides agree to promote sustainable palm oil in India by making the campaign of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and India’s Sustainable Palm Oil (IPOS).
The second was to make the Indonesia – India Palm oil Committee to facilitate the communication between the two and to increase the trade cooperation. The third was to increase the participation of the smallholders to implement the sustainable palm oil practices (ISPO and IPOS).
The agreement was directly attended by the Committee led by Chairman of IPOB, DeromBangun; President of SEA, AtulChaturvedi; Managing Director of SNAL, ShatadruChattopadhayay; Country Manager of YayasanSolidaridad Network Indonesia, Kulbir Mehta; and the representatives of Embassy of India in Jakarta. (T2)