Indonesian Diplomats Visit Belitung Island to Improve Knowledge of Sustainable Palm Oil
A number of Indonesian diplomats visited oil palm plantation and mills in Belitung Island to improve their knowledge of sustainable palm oil.
A number of Indonesian diplomats visited oil palm plantation and mills in Belitung Island to improve their knowledge of sustainable palm oil. They are mid-career diplomats who participated in Sekolah Staf Dinas Luar Negeri (SESDILU) Batch 63 of the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry. The plantation visit was initiated by Foreign Affairs ministry in collaboration with the Indonesia Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management Agency (BPDPKS).
The program was aimed to provides participants good and hands-on knowledge of Indonesia’s leading export commodities. They spent three days, from 15 to 17 March 2019, in training at Learning Center of PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (PT ANJ), Belitung.
They got a training on key sustainability issues in palm oil industry, included seedling management, planting, to waste management system. At the plantation, the diplomats witnessed sustainable palm oil management from selecting seeds, fertilization, and harvesting. They also witnessed crude palm oil (CPO) production which is derived from fresh fruit bunches (FFB). Participant also observed a process of waste management system that utilize palm oil mills wastes to produce biogas for use in a gas engine.
This will produce electrical power, replacing diesel generators. They witnessed how renewable energy is generated using Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) scheme. The plant with 1.8 Mega Watt in capacity generates electricity to supply more than 2,000 houses. The program also provided participants hands-on knowledge of some aspect of sustainable palm oil, included aspect of environment, international trade, health, and food products. ****