Palm Oil Plantations in Riau Reach 2.87 Million Hectares, Dominated by Smallholders

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Palm Oil Plantations in Riau Reach 2.87 Million Hectares, Dominated by Smallholders. Photo by: Sawit Fest 2021

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Palm oil plantation sector in Riau Province experienced substantial expansion in both size and crude palm oil (CPO) production in 2018, as indicated by land-use data. This growth in plantation size and increased production was attributed to the expansion of palm oil plantation administration, leading to an expansion of areas covering approximately 2.71 million hectares.

However, from 2019 to 2022, there was no noteworthy change in the overall size, according to land-use data. The projection for 2022 indicates that palm oil plantations are still covering around 2.87 million hectares in the province.

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Data of Buku Statistik Kelapa Sawit Provinsi Riau 2022 published by Central Bureau of Statistic, Riau Province, CPO production in the province reached 8,74 million tons. “Though the plantations did not significantly get wider, CPO production remained high,” it was written as quoted from.

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It is important to know that the 2022 palm oil plantation expansion in Riau was still dominated by the smallholders that reached 61,44 percent or about 1,76 million hectares. The big private plantation mastered about 35,94 percent or 1,03 million hectares, while the rests about 2,62 percent or 0,08 million hectares were mastered by the government’s plantations.

Though there was no significant change in land mastery, it is important to keep monitoring palm oil development in the province knowing that the impact would be bigger for the environment and economy in the region. This information would deliver not only description about contribution of Riau Province in palm oil production in national scale but also would be the basic to get plan and cultivation in the future sustainably. (T2)

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