GAPKI Chairman: Palm Oil Contributes Significantly Despite Covid-19

Jakarta – The Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) Chairman Joko Supriyono said that despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the palm oil industry can be still operating normally and has contributed significantly to the Indonesian economy.

“We’re grateful that the palm oil industry is still operating normally amid the outbreak of Covid-19 pendemic which has impacted almost all economic sectors across the globe,” Joko Supriyono said in his welcoming remarks in the Indonesian Palm Oil Conference (IPOC) 2020 on Wednesday.

He said that as of September 2020, the palm oil sector has contributed a foreign exchange of US$15 billion to the Indonesian economy.  By keeping positive growth, the palm oil industry is also securing the wellbeing of 16 million people who are directly and indirectly employed in the industry.

But he reminded the oil palm companies to stay anticipative as next year will be possibly still uncertain, despite the fourth quarter has seen a recovering condition. The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a decreasing trend in several countries. But recently, European countries and some other countries are seeing the third wave of the pandemic, indicating that the pandemic will not be gone in the near future.

“Considering such condition, we ask all of the oil palm plantations to keep a strict implementation of health protocol to prevent the Covid-19, so that all oil palm plantations will continue operating normally,” he said. (*)