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Jakarta Post

Govt to boost palm oil sustainability as result of foreign pressure

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 12 2016   /  08:55 am

The government is set to steer Indonesia’s palm oil industry toward more socially and environmentally friendly practices by improving the national sustainability standards, known as Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), on the back of pressure from developed countries.

The ISPO is a certification for legal compliance issued by the government. Five years into its implementation, however, it has largely failed to gain market recognition and access to premium EU markets.

This absence of demand for ISPO-certified palm oil is because the ISPO is not regarded as sufficiently rigorous enough as it merely requires producers to comply with applicable laws and regulations on palm oil in Indonesia.

“The credibility of the ISPO is questioned because there are still some things that need to be perfected, such as the software and its implementation in the field,” the Agri...