Coconut Industry Executive Warns of Dangers of Economic Reliance on a Single Commodity

The Secretary-General of the Indonesian Association of Coconut Processing Industry (HIPKI) Donatus Gede Sabon is warning of the dangers and vulnerability of an economy that is heavily relying on a single commodity, in this case, palm oil.

Sawit Watch: Indonesia Has More than 21 Million Hectares of Oil Palm Plantations

While the Indonesian government says the country’s oil palm plantations cover some 14 million hectares, a study conducted by palm oil industry watchdog Sawit Watch puts the figure much higher, at more than million hectares.

The Role of the Private Sector In Helping Smallholders Get Certified

The Indonesian government is also currently encouraging its own palm oil sustainability scheme, the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) to assure the sustainability of the palm oil industry. However, most smallholders still face many obstacles, administrative and or financial, in obtaining certification.

Absence of Universally-Accepted Definition Behind Debate on Deforestation Rate

The definition of what a forest entails can substantially impact the estimate of deforestation and forest destruction as well as in estimating the real culprit behind deforestation.

APKASINDO Seeks Way to Protect Smallholders from Pressure of Low Prices

“farmers should be able to pocket RP 1,300-Rp 1,500 per kilogram of fresh fruit bunch but what is happening on the field is that prices could reach Rp 600 per kilogram,” APKASINDO Deputy Secretary-General Rino Afrino told The Palm Scribe.


News Roundup

What Indonesian newspapers are reporting about the industry

35 hotspots emerge in Central Kalimantan in two days

Kompas, 14 August 2018 At least 35 hotspots were detected in Central Kalimantan in two days. Palangkaraya Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) meteorologist Roland Binery said on Monday (August 13) that the 35 hotspots are scattered in nine...

Palm oil companies convert 100% of their DHE to Rupiah

Investor Daily, 14 August 2018 National palm oil companies claimed that all of their foreign exchange generated from exports (DHE) have been converted to Rupiah. Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) Secretary General Togar Sitanggang said yesterday...

Press Release

The Palm Scribe compiles press releases from various parties in the palm oil industry.



Papuans want palm oil plantations

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....

Orchid conservation in palm oil

Orchids are well known as elegant flowers across the world and is widely prized. There are hundreds of varieties of orchids, including many that only can be found in the wild and are rare. But orchids, especially the wild varieties, are victims of their own...


The Future of Peatland in Indonesia

Out of an estimated 14.9 million hectares of peatland in Indonesia, only around  6.7 million hectares remain undeveloped and in forests, and a peat expert is calling on the government to maintain these at their current state at all costs.




24 APRIL 2018

This conference will discuss EU palm oil import policy and what it will affect Indonesia palm oil industry

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31 Oktober – 2 November 2018

The palm oil industry annual event that held by GAPKI.

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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.

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