InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Indonesia and the other palm oil producer countries are really actively against to the discriminatory practice to biodiesel or crude palm oil (CPO). They thought that the drafts of European Commission which isolated CPO is as the political compromise in the internal of Europe.
The three palm oil producer countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, and Colombia. They gathered to respond the discriminatory done by European Union (EU). They join in the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC).
The three which master about 90% of CPO production would announce the same statement about Renewable Energy Directived II (RED II) of EU and the delegated act which makes discriminatory to CPO from the other kinds of vegetable oil as the material to vegetable fuel (biofuel).
The ministers of CPOPC would tell their concern on the CPO discriminatory which is put in the draft of United Nations resolution about the Deforestation and Agricultural Commodity Supply Chains that EU proposed through the Environmental Council of United Nations.
But it is normal if EU forbids CPO because they do not want to see that other kinds of vegetable oil, such as, soybean, swine oil, sun flower oil are disturbed by palm oil.
General Secretary of Indonesian Palm Oil Board (IPOB), Bambang Aria Wisena said that if comparing the other kinds of vegetable oil, palm oil has many superiority. Quoting from the study of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), palm oil is planted 9 times narrower than other kinds of vegetable oil. It has 3,8 metric tons per hectare per year, while rapeseed oil has 0,6 metric ton and soybean has 0,5 metric ton per hectare per year.
The form of the fight done is by increasing the sustainable commodity consistently by publishing kinds of regulation. One of those is by doing the replanting program by using the superior seeds which do not need areal expansion. The stakeholders would expand the market export within the negotiation to the importer countries besides EU, such as, India, Pakistan, China, and Africa.
Palm oil plantations hired 7,5million direct workers and 12 million indirect workers starting from 2011-2018. There were about 2,6million smallholders and 4,3 million additional workers. Since 2000, palm oil sector in Indonesia has helped 10 million people out of the poverty and at least 1,3million villagers were out of the direct poverty because of palm oil expansion. (Writer: Rafa Thea Kirana Saufika/Majoring Agribusiness, Faculty of Agriculture, 2017. Universitas Padjadjaran)