The government and palm oil businesses are painting a rosy picture for palm oil waste management, with recent technologies set to lessen the industry’s environmental impact.
Just last month, Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution expressed interest in algae-based liquid palm oil waste (POME) processing technology developed by Japan’s Mobiol Corporation and Tsukuba University. The machine is expected to minimize pollution while turning them into marketable products like aquatic and animal feed as well as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid used for food and medicine.
“The concept is very interesting, as it turns waste into cash,” Darmin said. “But we will have to try it outside the lab at several oil palm plantations before implementing it nationwide.”
Still, he said...
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