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Palm oil practices and ecosystem sustainability

  • Bustar Maitar
    Bustar Maitar

    Chairman of EcoNusantara, a leading advisory think-tank organization for sustainable environment and development

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Jakarta   /   Wed, April 26, 2017   /  12:49 pm
Palm oil practices and ecosystem sustainability Commercialization of palm oil commenced in 1911 in Deli and Aceh. Currently it has grown to be the leading commodity in Indonesia as the third largest contributor to the country’s revenues from the non-oil and gas and labor intensive sectors. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

As regards the historic track, palm oil is not deemed an indigenous commodity. Palm oil is the newcomer’s commodity, brought to Indonesia by the Dutch in 1848 with seeds planted in the Bogor Botanical Garden and as decorative vegetation along the thoroughfare in Deli, North Sumatra. Commercialization of palm oil commenced in 1911 in Deli and Aceh. Currently it has grown to be the leading commodity in Indonesia as the third largest contributor to the country’s revenues from the non-oil and gas and labor intensive sectors. However, Indonesia has been enraged by the European Parliament’s resolution on palm oil entitled “EU to introduce minimum sustainability criteria for palm oil and products containing palm oil that enter the EU market”. Some experts claimed in their research-based responses that deforestation in Indonesia is not caused by palm oil. U...

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