Facing the onslaught of accusations and black campaigns against the palm oil industry, Indonesia has to actively display its own story and form a positive image for the industry while at the same time, firmly defending its interests.
The palm oil industry is now at a crossroad, with world production slowing down and unless steps are taken to address its main issues, it could face dire times, experts speaking on the second day of the Indonesian Palm Oil Conference here said on Friday (2/11).
The palm oil sector is key to Indonesia’s efforts to reach its Social Development Goals (SDGs), especially as a provider of livelihood, creating employment and reducing poverty.
Given the large role of the palm oil sector in the Indonesian economy, the Government is very serious and persistent in providing great attention to the development of this commodity industry.
Most young people are unaware of the importance that palm oil plays in their life. For them, the commodity and its producing industry are more often than not, perceived in a negative way, a perspective that has been fed to most people since they were small children.
The black campaign against the palm oil industry is a reflection of the fear of non-producing countries and their efforts to protect their own vegetable oil production.
The four-day International Conference on Biodiversity, Ecotourism and Creative Economy (ICBE) event has produced fourteen points that will become the foundation for building the Papua region with the sustainability principle.
Recently environmental activist organization Greenpeace has aggressively thrown accusations against private palm oil giant Wilmar and occupied its oil refinery, an action the palm oil company referred as an act of trespassing and vandalism.
The Government inaugurated the use of 20-percent biodiesel or B20 on August 31, 2018, aiming to reduce the cost of importing diesel fuel. Majority of people, however, fill their diesel-powered vehicles with diesel fuel without knowing its content.
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.