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Jakarta Post

Wilmar helps smallholders gain sustainability certificates

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 24 2016   /  09:40 am

A group of more than 2,700 independent oil palm smallholders covering 5,500 hectares in South Sumatra have received sustainability certification, making it the world’s largest individual group of independent farmers ever to be certified, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm 0il (RSPO) announced on Tuesday.

The RSPO, a global body of plantation companies, refiners, consumers and green groups that promotes the development of socially, environmentally and economically sustainable palm oil, said the smallholders grouped in seven village-level cooperatives had been audited and were assessed to have fulfilled all RSPO principles of sustainability.

“Smallholders play a pivotal role in the palm oil industry as they account for more than 40 percent of the total palm oil output in Indonesia, the world’s largest producer,” said Stefano Savi, a RSPO director, in a press release f...