The Jakarta Post, 28 March 2019

Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has certified a record amount of land under oil palm cultivation as employing environmentally sustainable methods, the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Standard (ISPO) Commission said on Wednesday (March 27).

The ISPO Commission has certified 502 plantations since its inception, covering 4.11 million hectares of area, or nearly 30% of Indonesia’s estimated 14 million ha of palm plantation, ISPO Commission Secretariat Head R. Azis Hidayat said in a statement on Wednesday.

The certified plantations produce 11.57 million tons of crude palm oil per year. The area certified by the ISPO in the past three years were nearly three times the first four years of its operation, Hidayat said.

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