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Jakarta Post

Palm oil as an economic pillar of Indonesia

  • Joefly J. Bahroeny

  /   Wed, December 2 2009   /  02:07 pm

In his inauguration speech as president of Indonesia for 2009 to 2014, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed his determination to improve the economy, giving priority to improving public welfare and reducing poverty. These goals will be done through economic programs that will focus on: **Economic development based on competitiveness of natural resources management and human resource improvement. **The creation of inclusive, fair and equal economic growth. (Kompas, Oct. 21, 2009). The oil palm plantation is one of the development pillars in agriculture that is based on natural resources and the natural richness of Indonesia. The palm oil industry in Indonesia currently involves seven million hectares, with smallholder farmers accounting for 40 percent (almost three million hectares). In 2008 crude palm oil (CPO) production reached 19.2 million tons and generated US$12.4 billion in for...