29.30% Oil Palm Plantations Have Been ISPO Certified
The Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) Commission has certified 502 plantations with ISPO, covering 4,115,434 million hectares of area, or 29.30% of Indonesia’s estimated 14.3 million hectares of oil palm plantation.
JAKARTA--The Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) Commission has certified 502 plantations with ISPO, covering 4,115,434 million hectares of area, or 29.30% of Indonesia’s estimated 14.3 million hectares of oil palm plantation.
Head of the ISPO Commission Secretariat, R. Azis Hidayat, told journalists who participated in the 2nd Batch of Journalist Fellowship Program organized by the Indonesia Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management Agency (BPDPKS) in Jakarta, Monday (22/7/2019).
“Out of 502 certificates, 459 are issued to private companies covering 3,905,138 million hectares of area or 50.66% out of 7.788 million hectares; 34 certificates are issued to PTP Nusantara (state owned-plantations) covering 204,590 hectares of area or 28.80% out of 713 thousand hectares; and 9 certificates to farmers cooperatives covering 5,796 hectares of area or 0.1% out of 5.807 million hectares,” Azis said.
However, four certificates for private companies have been revoked, covering 12,186 hectares of area, so that the total ISPO certificates have been issued is 498. Out of 498 certificates, 489 were issued to companies, 5 certificates to smallholder farmers, 4 to plasma farmers cooperatives covering a total of 4,103,254 hectares of area.
“Around 2,755,018 hectares of certified area are considered to be productive area that produce 52,033,978 ton/year fresh fruit bunches (FFB) and 11,52,235 ton/year CPO. Their FFB productivity is around 18.87 ton/Ha/year.”
Azis also said that ISPO certification has received international recognition. He hoped that awareness on the ISPO certification especially among the smallholders would increase. “ISPO certification is important to show to international communities that Indonesia is serious about implementing sustainable palm oil.”
The ISPO, released in 2009, is among the Indonesian government’s efforts to make palm oil produced in a more environmentally sustainable manner. The aim of this certification is to improve the competitiveness of the Indonesian palm oil products in the global market. ***