The World Need Palm Oil
Indonesia is not the only country in the world that produces palm oil.
Indonesia is not the only country in the world that produces palm oil. As of today there are about 12 countries spread in various parts of the world, including Africa and United States that produce palm oil. According to Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) Executive Director Mahendra Siregar, EU countries can not live without palm oil, and vice versa with Indonesia and Malaysia. `Palm oil problems could be a world challenge. This is a global challenge, and if the EU consider to stop palm oil, it could be endanger the world entirely,` Mahendra said in
Palm Oil discussion at Ayana Midplaza Hotel, Jakarta, Friday (25/5/2018). In Mahendra`s perspective, palm oil plantations also have their own rights, there are small dependent farmers who live behind that. Therefore, productivity of palm also needs to be increased. President Joko Widodo also paid attention to this palm oil issue. Mahendra agreed with Deputy Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, Purbaya Yudhi Sadewa, who stated that many smallholder farmers depend on oil palm. At the moment, Indonesia is working closely with Malaysia to protect the interests of smallholders.
The two countries criticised the European Union for backing a ban on the use of palm oil in biofuels. Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s biggest palm oil producer. The two countries together account for nearly 90 percent of global output. The palm oil industry has come under fire in Europe over its impact on forest destruction and Southeast Asian producers have faced calls to meet higher sustainability standards.
uropean claim links palm oil to deforestation, which many know is exaggerated. In reality, the palm oil industry has long embraced sustainability practices. Palm oil accounts for more than one-third of global trade and EU has always been a major export destination. That’s why many individuals suspect that the EU’s policy is nothing more but an attempt of the EU to protect their markets from Indonesian and Malaysian imports. **