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Indonesia risks palm oil exports if progress not made on sustainable cultivation, experts warn

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  05:50 pm
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A farmworker gathers oil palm fruit bunches at a plantation in Lampung. Experts have warned that Indonesia's slow progress in ensuring sustainable palm oil farming could jeopardize future trade opportunities.(The Jakarta Post/R. Berto Wedhatama)

The snail-like pace at which Indonesia is improving the sustainability of its palm oil agriculture in the face of mounting pressure from global trade players could jeopardize the commodity’s future, experts have warned. Among the critics of Indonesia’s palm oil agriculture management is Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) forestry expert and Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) senior scientist Herry Purnomo, who said at a public discussion on Thursday last week that concerns about the sustainability of the commodity had now stretched beyond the EU, with similar concerns being expressed in North America and Australia. Echoing Herry’s warning, climate change and environment counselor of the EU delegation to Indonesia Michael Bucki urged Indonesia to take action to curb deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation, which he said would impact “fut...