The issuance of Presidential Instruction No. 8/2018 regarding the moratorium on permits for oil palm plantations was warmly welcomed by environmental activists, with a note that more improvements are still needed.read more
“NGOs are smarter in carrying out communication activities than palm oil producers,” said communication expert Ong Hock Chuan.read more
This cooking oil is popular because it has a high resistance to oxidation and high temperatures with a composition that is half saturated fat and the other half unsaturated fat.read more
Palm oil commodity can help emerging countries to achieve their SDG, a palm oil official said.read more
Deforestation-related debates in Indonesia have been going on for quite some time, and some experts point to the diversity of spatial data and definitions as one of the main causes.read more
Several bus and truck operators have also aired worries that an inconsistent fuel quality, including inadequate or excessive mixture levels or water contamination, could result in damage to the engines.read more
What Indonesian newspapers are reporting about the industry
Kontan Harian, 21 September 2018 The national palm oil industry continues the attempts to convince the global market regarding environmental issues faced by the industry. Unfortunately, the efforts are still deemed inadequate. Maverick Communication Specialist Ong...
The Jakarta Post, 20 September 2018 A commitment to source palm oil only from producers that are committed to protecting the environment and respecting human rights was introduced in late 2013 as a reaction to the reckless expansion of oil palm plantations. The...
Kompas, 20 September 2018 Palm oil industry players are boosting positive campaign to show off the implementation of sustainable practices in Indonesia. The campaign is expected to counter negative accusations that hamper palm oil export to other countries, including...
Kompas, 19 September 2018 Oil palm farmers must obtain sustainability certificate to change the paradigm in managing oil palm plantations. Besides increasing the plantations' production and quality, the certificate urges farmers to have environmental awareness and...
Musi Banyuasin, 16 October 2017 – Asian Agri, one of the leading private companies in Indonesia, signed an MoU with cooperative KUD Sawit Subur, bank BRI and government body BPDPKS (Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund Agency) for a smallholder oil palm replanting program...
Pangkalan Bun, 8 November 2017 – PT Sawit Sumbermas Sarana Tbk. (SSMS) has published a new Sustainability Policy that will be followed by a Sustainability Road Map by the end of December 2017, committing the company to a more specific set of time-bound commitments....
“Existing policies, whatever their form, must be directed towards strengthening the capacity and productivity of planters, including access to markets and financing, while at the same time support an agriculture that guarantees environmental conservation,” Fitrian said.
“I think that so much of this industry is already in place and there is no turning back, really. The question is how much more, how further will it go,” Fries said.
Ever curious on whether good intentions actually translate into something workable, The Palm Scribe took to the streets to interview at random the targeted decision-makers that would benefit most from the Ecolabel – the housewife.
That one’s life can turn like a wheel, with its ups and downs, is something that Samuel Maikea and his wife Rachel Derione can vouch for. This native Papuan couple from the Iwaro Tribe have now settled in Puragi village, in the South Sorong district of West Papua....
The Greenpeace reports also fell into the trap of traditional grievances against palm oil that are no longer relevant. It claims that the production of the commodity is rapidly pushing deforestation and depleting forests.
The good intentions of a new political party, the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) to defend the weakening rupiah and efforts to boost state revenues has unfortunately stumbled on the choice of subject to illustrate it – palm oil.
SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS EXPO
9 – 11 Oktober 2018
This conference is the only specialized Palm Oil event in Asia that brings together an international congregation of both upstream and downstream palm oil companies and also its supporting industries gathered in the capital city of North Sumatera, Medan to showcase the latest developments in the palm oil industry.