InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Palm oil industries developed fast in the last decade. Though it is Covid-19 pandemic, it does not postpone develop the strategic commodity of Indonesia.
Chairman of Communication, Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Tofan Mahdi said that though palm oil contributes to the economy of our nation, there are some challenges to face.
The first is the sustainability. Since 2011, palm oil industries face it in the same time that palm oil moratorium was published about the peat and forest region licenses. “We ensured that every member of IPOA does not do new license planting,” he said.
He also mentioned that the sustainability issue has something to do with certification which all members of IPOA are trying to get Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificate and implementing No Deforestation, No Peat Land, No Exploitation (NDPE) policy.
The second is the policy. There are many overlapping policies which in the end, the policies make the stakeholders and the smallholders difficult to do business, namely about the forest region status.
The third is the productivity. Until now palm oil plantation productivity cultivated by the smallholders is small in numbers compared to the private or government’s productivity. “The realization of smallholders’ replanting program is not maximal still,” Tofan said.
The fourth is trade barriers and black campaigns. He told that the two should be faced and should do the best communication strategy so that every misinformation which is not as the field facts could be minimized. The other things to do are making multilateral and regional cooperation. “Non-and tariff barriers, the free palm oil labels are always put (in many products). It needs to face by making good communication strategies and we are doing the positive campaigns sustainably,” he said. (T2)