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Jakarta Post

Is Indonesia prepared to defend its palm oil sector? 

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman¬†

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 5, 2019   /  12:50 pm
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According to Agriculture Ministry data in 2015, Indonesia has 11.24 million hectares of oil palm plantations.(Shutterstock/File)

The government has shown its commitment to defending the palm oil sector from a negative campaign waged by the European Union (EU), which has been resilient in its stance against the commodity in recent years. However, it has neglected several internal issues that may contribute to the EU’s anti-palm oil policy. The absence of accurate data on oil palm plantations and low engagement with political EU figures may hamper the government’s efforts, according to Indonesia’s palm oil stakeholders. Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS) president director Dono Boestami revealed recently that the organization had only three sets of data on the palm oil sector’s total land use in Indonesia, all of which come from state agencies.  “How can we get a valid figure of our palm oil total production when we still don’t know the exact total are...