Gapki and IPB Join Forces for More Sustainable Palm Oil Industry

Jakarta. Indonesia’s palm oil lobby group and one of the country’s most prominent agricultural research institutes signed memorandum of understanding in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday on the development of sustainable palm plantations. The agreement between the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) and ‎Bogor Agricultural University ‎(IPB) emphasizes technology-based research and development to meet the…

Astra Agro Works Closely With Gov’t to Prevent Forest Fires in Riau

Jakarta. Astra Agro Lestari has said in a statement they have made a series of preparations in anticipation of extreme weather changes and potential forest fires during this dry season.  Working closely with the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPPD), the National Police, the Army and the Environment and Forestry Ministry, Astra Agro already has 1,036 fire management personnel at the ready.  The company’s…

Govt lacks “strong” measures against palm oil barriers

THE JAKARTA POST/JAKARTA The government is lacking in strong measures to fight tariff barriers implemented by several palm oil export destinations, including India and the European Union, Indonesian Oil Palm Association (GAPKI) chairman Joko Supriyono has said. The country’s number one export commodity continues to face criticism over sustainability, such as deforestation issues raised by…

Indonesia to fund sustainability certification for palm smallholders under planned new rules

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia to issue a new palm sustainability regulation to give greater support for smallholders to get sustainability certificates, Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution said on Wednesday.  Under the new regulation, the government will fund certification process by Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) for smallholders, he told reporters. The new decree,…