BALI – The palm oil industry is the key to achieving the 17 goals of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Broadly speaking there is needs for reconciliation. So that, in July 2018 will be held workshops involving ISPO, MSPO and RSPO that can support the sustainability of the palm oil industry.
Speaking of the palm oil industry, the main problem today is the lack of understanding of small farmers. Moreover, small farmers in Indonesia are still many who are illiterate. There should be simplification of concepts and languages that are easy to be understood.
“We should be able to speak in their language,” said Dato Makhdzir Mardan of CPOPC Malaysia.
There are many communities and heads of families. This is an exciting challenge to discuss, debate, and simplify the language.
Meanwhile Nigeria is the world’s largest CPO consuming country. Total CPO consumption in that country reaches 2 million metric tons. The demand for CPO in this country is fulfilled by domestic production and import from Indonesia and Malaysia.
The cost to import CPO is not small, reaching USD150 million per year. This is significant if you remember that until the early 1960s, Nigeria exported palm oil massively to Malaysia and Indonesia. Nigeria’s production capacity of palm oil at that time was very large. About 24 of the 36 states in Nigeria are palm oil producers.
Henry OlatujoyeGbenga of the National Palm Produce Association of Nigeria stated that one of Nigeria’s problems is slow downstream industry growth because it requires huge capital. To restore the former glory of palm oil in Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute for Oil Palm Research or NIFOR was established.
“One of NIFOR’s support is supplying seeds. Currently, most of the seeds are still from NIFOR. However, NIFOR cannot fulfill all of Nigeria’s needs so Nigeria still imports seeds,” said Henry.
Major players in palm oil production in Nigeria today are homestead, large estates, and self-help farmers. About 2.1 million hectares are illegal plantations with 2 metric tons of FFB per hectare. (*)