Hartarto: Government Will Continue Ensuring Sustainability Of Palm Oil

Jakarta – Economic Coordinating Minister Airlangga Hartarto has stated that the Indonesian government will keep ensuring the sustainability of Indonesian palm oil production through the implementation of regulations that had been designed to meet the sustainability principles.

The government has issued a series of laws and implementing regulatons to support the development and sustainability of the palm oil industry. One of the regulations is concerned with the biodiesel program to produce biodiesel 30 percent (B30). The government has also issued regulation on replanting of smallholding plantations to increase their productivity as part of efforts to improve their sustainability.

“President Joko Widodo had also issued a presidential regulation (Perpres) on the certification of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) that will ensure the sustainability of all oil palm plantations in Indonesia,” Minister Airlangga said in his keynote speech when opening the International Palm Oil Conference (IPOC) 2020 on Wednesday.

He admitted that the national economy had seen a negative growth of -5.32 percent during the third quarter due to the outbreak of the pandemic. But the agriculture sector, especially the palm oil industry, has shown a higher resilience as it can still perform well and significantly contributed to the national economy.   “But we’re optimistic that condition will be getting better next year, as the Covid-19 vaccines will be soon available,” the minister said. (*)