Hari Sawit Nasional: Palm Oil is still Sustainably Developed

Hari Sawit Nasional: Palm Oil is still Sustainably Developed

PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA - In his speech in Hari Sawit Nasional, Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo read by General Director of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Kasdi Subagyono said that palm oil development nationally in the future would not be only about people’s productivity but also the stock guarantee of superior, qualified, certified seeds and maintain the quantity, quality and continuity.

“This is our homework about confirming Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) standards that the world keeps watching to fulfill the sustainable and environmental aspects,” Syahrul noted.

Besides, it needs certain action in the pandemic situation about to increase the market access, additional values, supply chain, distribution, and the dynamic of the price in the world. Syahrul hoped that palm oil in Indonesia should develop sustainably and environmentally from the sub upstream to sub downstream system, namely about realizing sustainable development goals (SDGs)

It is decided that palm oil plantations in Indonesia cover 16,3 million hectares within average production about 3 - 4 tons per hectare/year. This makes palm oil the most efficient commodity to plant of other kinds of vegetable oil, such as, sunflower oil, soybean oil, rapeseed oil, and others.

Syahrul also noted, the government keeps facilitating to increase the production and productivity by advantaging the fund from Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) through the smallholders’ replanting program (SRP) for the old trees, having small productivity, and time to be replanted.

Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Board (IPOB), Derom Bangun told that palm oil industries highly contribute to the country. In 2019, the industries gave exchange about US$ 20,5 billion. Bangun even predicted that in Covid-19 pandemic, palm oil export value would not be much different from the previous year.

In the internal and external challenges which still become the issues, such as, uncertainty of doing business from the sectoral ego, and cultivation, palm oil industries keep increasing by making the breakthrough and innovation in traditional ways, such as, refined and unmodified oil, energy, and oleo-chemical. (T2)

This article once published in PalmOilMagazine, December 2020

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