Factory Not Operating Due to CPO Export Ban, Smallholders Suffer

Factory Not Operating Due to CPO Export Ban, Smallholders Suffer

Photo by : Noval Yusuf / Sawitfest 2021

Palmoilmagazine, JAKARTA - As the biggest CPO producer in the world, the market needs in the globe would be fulfilled by sustainable producers in many palm oil plantations, namely the smallholders which their lives depend on their harvests. The process is that smallholders’ FFB should be in harvest in every single day, then sold to the mills, and the outcome should be put in CPO storage tanks. These are daily process and the result should be sold to palm cooking oil factories and CPO traders to be exported.

For many palm cooking oil factories and CPO traders could not export, the mills are not operating. CPO trade from the mills drastically decreased. As the result, mills’ production got decreasing and smallholders’ FFB purchase did too and they stopped cultivating.

“Just like what President Joko Widodo instructed, the smallholders’ harvest decreased and the mills are not operating because CPO storage tanks are full. If CPO and its derivative export ban is not immediately revoked, the smallholders would be the victims because the mills temporarily stop operating,” Chairman of Keluarga Alumni Institut Pertanian (KAINSTIPER), Priyanto PS said, as in the official statement to Palmoilmagazine, Wednesday (11/5/2022).

Priyanto PS also mentioned, if CPO is storage for too long, the quality would be broken and would not be good to be consumed. If this happens, food oil supply in the globe would be decreasing for too long because food oil supply would only be fulfilled by palm oil. In the long term, there would be lack of palm oil supply and would cause hunger and lack of nutrients in the world. This would be very difficult to improve.

According to US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (2016), palm cooking oil is part of vegetable fat and oil which has 100 grams of nutrients from palm oil and there is food energy, unsaturated fat, single unsaturated fat, vitamin E (tocopherol), and vitamin K (phylloquinone).

If CPO and its derivative export ban is not immediately revoked, the smallholders would be the victims because the mills stop operating,” he said.

Priyanto PS also mentioned, if CPO is storage for too long, the quality would be broken and would not be good to be consumed. If this happens, food oil supply in the globe would be decreasing for too long because food oil supply would only be fulfilled by palm oil. In the long term, there would be lack of palm oil supply and would cause hunger and lack of nutrients in the world. This would be very difficult to improve.

According to US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference (2016), palm cooking oil is part of vegetable fat and oil which has 100 grams of nutrients from palm oil and there is food energy, unsaturated fat, single unsaturated fat, vitamin E (tocopherol), and vitamin K (phylloquinone).

Based on the data, palm cooking oil is good for the health, such as, support the stable blood sugar, minimize congestive heart failure, decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or ‘bad’ cholesterol, and increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or ‘good’ cholesterol. Palm cooking oil also helps integument system on the skin, hair, nail, and others, good for the reproduction system and baby, helps to increase the quality of sperm, muffle the pain when in period, helps to develop fetus, supports other men’s health.

The nutrients and vitamin in palm cooking oil, he continued, are parts of the main choice of the world to consume food oil from CPO – base. It is part of people’s needs in the world and the needs keep increasing in every year.

“President Joko Widodo should immediately save the world society by revoking the export ban. By supplying the world needs, Indonesia takes part to save the world from hunger and lack of nutrients in the future,” he said.

He also explained, by delivering CPO export, it would play the roles to save the world society and support palm oil industries and the smallholders nationally. “We have to have the same consciousness that palm oil products from Indonesia could globally supply the needs. We have to be brave and be the main key player to arrange the trade of this commodity globally. The patriots of this nation should have nationalism to be able to stand on his feed and decide the sustainable development criteria based on principles nationally but not giving up to be regulated by others,” he said. (T1)

 

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