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Indonesia looks to strengthen palm oil industry through ISPO, domestic market

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas

    The Jakarta Post

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Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Wed, November 6, 2019   /  01:59 pm
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A worker collects palm fruit at a plantation in Bahau, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, on Jan. 30. (Reuters/Lai Seng Sin)

Indonesia is set to strengthen its palm oil industry by encouraging stakeholders to comply with Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification and strengthening the domestic market to anticipate lower demand from the European Union. The ISPO certification could help the country’s palm oil sector in combatting negative campaigns, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin said during his remarks at the International Palm Oil Conference 2019 in Nusa Dua, Bali on Oct. 31. “We are hoping that through the ISPO, we can reduce negative sentiments about Indonesian palm oil. The campaign to put an end to misunderstandings about palm oil should be enhanced,” said the Vice President in Bali on Thursday. The ISPO is a government certification scheme issued under a ministerial regulation and as such is legally binding, with all palm oil producers in Indonesia obliged to follow i...