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Jakarta Post

Govt lacks ‘strong’ measures against palm oil barriers, says association

  • Rachmadea Aisyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 5, 2019   /  05:51 pm
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Workers harvest oil palm fruit at PT Kimia Tirta Utama’s oil palm plantation in Siak regency, Riau, on Thursday. (Antara/FB Anggoro)

The government is lacking in strong measures to fight tariff barriers implemented by several palm oil export destinations, including India and the European Union, Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) chairman Joko Supriyono has said. The country’s number one export commodity continues to face criticism over sustainability, such as deforestation issues raised by the euro zone, and has been hurt by trade barriers from its major importers, including India. “The international demands over our palm oil sustainability have become so complex and are no longer purely addressing the sustainability issue itself, so we have to push our campaigning and lobbying efforts [...] and use trade instruments to resolve trade barriers at the international level,” said Joko at a palm oil seminar recently. He criticized the lack of bilateral trade agr...