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RI CPO exporters seek to comply with EU certification rules

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 18 2009   /  02:06 pm

Indonesia's crude palm oil (CPO) exporters are preparing themselves to have their products meet the "sustainable certification" requirement. This requirement is soon to be applied in international markets, and Indonesian exporters need to comply so as not to lose their competitive edge, a minister and business players said on Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Anton Apriyantono awarded on Tuesday the first ever Sustainable CPO Certificate to PT Musim Mas, one of the industry's major players, and said at least four other companies would follow suit in the following months. "Crude palm oil contributed around US$10.7 billion to the country's economy in 2008 and the industry absorbs around 3.7 million laborers," Apriyantono said, speaking on how vital the commodity's contribution to the economy is. "Right now, there are four other companies w...