A village level cooperative gathering almost 250 smallholders in Riau province on Monday (10/12) became the latest group of palm oil farmers to get certified under the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) scheme.
The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) is facing a difficult task in developing a sustainable palm oil industry and pushing for acceptance of the commodity globally, its outgoing Executive Director Mahendra Siregar, said.
A total of 135 oil palm farmers working with PT Asian Agri under a plasma scheme have become the first to begin to harvest plantations that were replanted in 2016, the company said on Wednesday.
In its bid to develop the national palm oil industry, the government needed to protect its smallholders, including by setting up a number taskforces, each to deal with one of the major challenges faced by these growers, a palm oil labor activist said.
The Indonesian palm oil sector is stepping up pressure against environmental watchdog Greenpeace which is accused of not only attacking the nation’s sovereignty but also of threatening the livelihood of millions of palm oil farmers and plantation workers through its recent series of anti-palm oil campaign.
Palm oil giant Wilmar International Limited aired its extreme disappointment at Greenpeace’s recent protest onboard a palm oil tanker off the coast of Spain, saying that the environmental organization preferred to seek publicity rather than work constructively with the palm oil industry.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is committed to focus on achieving better market transformation in the palm oil industry and, therefore, attracting as many participating smallholders, whose roles are important to this sector, as possible.
Structured and planned communication and community engagement program is one of the keys of the PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ) achievements in developing a sustainable sago and palm oil industry in West Papua.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) said that its members have been able to substantially reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions since 2015.
Smallholders and the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) principles and criteria improvements will be the focus of the organization’s annual event, the Roundtable 16 (RT16) meeting, which will be held in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on November 12-15, 2018.