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Jakarta Post

Palm oil bill fails to address key problems

  • Stefani Ribka

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 17 2016   /  08:45 am

Several stakeholders have criticized the palm oil bill currently being deliberated, saying that the bill does not tackle the sector’s major issues, including land legality and sustainable cultivation.

Vice chairwoman of the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister’s Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) empowerment team, Diah Suradireja, said the bill still lacked solutions to land legality problems, which had led to low plant productivity and difficulties in managing recurrent land fires that were serial causes of massive haze affecting not only Indonesia but also neighboring countries.

At least 41 of the overall 105 articles in the bill were just exact copies of the 2014 Plantation Law, Diah said.

“None of articles in the bill touches on land legality issues and provides clear explanations on how small farmers will be assisted,” she explained.