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Govt looks to disband zero-deforestation pledge

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 13 2016   /  09:52 am

The government is campaigning against a “zero deforestation” pledge (IPOP) signed by leading palm oil producers in Indonesia. This stands in stark contrast to Indonesia’s commitment to promoting sustainable agro-forestry practices.

The Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday the government was looking for a legal basis to disband the pledge. The pledge was initially designed to promote sustainable practices in Indonesia, the world’s largest producer and exporter of palm oil.

“The point is that we oppose the IPOP. The Business Competition Supervisory Commission [KPPU] has issued a letter saying that there are indications of a cartel in the IPOP. We will coordinate with the KPPU first and that letter can be used as a basis for its disbandment,” the ministry’s plantations director general, Gamal Nasir, told The Jakarta Post.

The Agriculture Ministry has joine...