BALI – Large-scale palm oil companies are committed to avoiding deforestation, prioritising the intensification of existing land, with the aim to increase productivity of palm oil plantations.
Franky O. Widjaja, Chairman and CEO of Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, explained that large-scale palm oil companies in Indonesia are increasingly committed to prevent deforestation. Along with that, they also provide assistance to plasma farmers with the nucleus plasma and palm oil replanting (PeremajaanSawit Rakyat/PSR) programme.
“The PSR programme itself has been launched by President Jokowi for two million hectares of land. It’s great how two million hectares could increase production by three tons per hectare, meaning six million tons can be produced by only one million farmers,” he said after the opening of ICOPE 2018, in Bali, Wednesday (25/4).
(Note: independent smallholders produce 2-3 ton/ha/year and plasma smallholders produce 5-6 ton/ha/year)
In this way, the nucleus plasma and PSR programmed can save one million hectares of forest land. “Therefore, Kadin and the government invite all stakeholders to participate, so that this rejuvenation can be improved. Farmers become prosperous, forest areas are conserved, productivity is improved, foreign exchange added, and we get closer to meeting the world food security,”he said.
To discuss the future of the palm oil industry, stakeholders of palm oil industry are participating in the International Conference on Oil Palm and Environment (ICOPE) 2018 – international conference in Nusa Dua Bali, on 25-27 April 2017. ICOPE 2018 aims to present solutions through science and technology that can help drive sustainability in the palm oil sector. Over the 11 years since its inception in 2007, ICOPE remains firm in addressing environmental impact issues from palm oil production.
Chairman of ICOPE 2018, Dr. J.P. Caliman, explained that ICOPE has earned global recognition in the scientific community as a useful and unbiased resource on palm oil production and sustainability. ICOPE is the only international conference dedicated to oil palm and the environment, attracting such a large number and variety of participants.
“ICOPE was initiated 11 years ago by three partners, with shared values around achieving sustainability in the oil palm industry through close collaboration, and trust in science,” he said.
These three partners, WWF-Indonesia, CIRAD-France, and Sinar Mas Agribusiness and Food, are leaders in their respective fields.
Dr. Caliman says, “ICOPE benefits from the continuous support of the Government of Indonesia, and I believe this is a key contributing factor to the success of ICOPE.” (*)