This Is Why Oil Palm Matters to Indonesia
THE benefits, significances, and influences it gives to national economy have made oil palm an important commodity for the Indonesia.
THE benefits, significances, and influences it gives to national economy have made oil palm an important commodity for the Indonesia. It is indusputably that not only oil palm become an important driver of the national economy’s growth, but also as the source of income for many people.
This is the reason why oil palm has long been proposed to be categorized as a national vital object. Currently, the requirements of palm oil to be categorized as vital objects have been fulfilled, at least based on Presidential Decree Number 63 Year 2004, concerning Security of National Vital Object.
According to Brigadier General Ahmad Lumumba, Director of Security of Vital Object Baharkam Polri, the regulation require that a national vital object be a location/building, installation and/or business concerning the livelihood of the public, the state interest and/or strategic state revenues.
One of the requirements for oil palm plantations to be categorized as a national vital object is the ability to produce basic daily necessities, and if there is a threat and disruption to process, it will result in disaster to humanity and national development.
The government of Indonesia welcomes the proposal to make oil palm plantations become national vital objects. The Director General of Plantations of the Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) Bambang once have stated that the oil palm plantation being established as a vital national object is a very important move since the commodity has been suffering under fierce negative campaign attacks both from within and outside the country. ***