IOPC Held In Bali To Discuss Oil Palm Research Development

Badung – The Indonesian Oil Palm Research Center (PPKS) held the 7th International Oil Palm Conference (IOPC) in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre (BNDCC), Nusa Dua, Bali, to discuss the latest development of research and technology in the palm oil industry.

“Through this scientific meeting we hope all stakeholders can discuss alternative solutions in dealing with the issues and challenges facing business players in the palm oil industry at home and abroad,” PPKS Chairman DR. Edwin Syahputra Lubis said in Nusa Dua, Badung regency, Bali province on Tuesday.

During the conference, researchers presented the results of their researches on palm oil industry, palm oil products and derivatives, their advantages and sustainability that are needed to improve their competitiveness at the global market of vegetable oils.

Edwin Lubis said that the IOPC, which was held once in every four years and was delayed due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic during the last two years, is also expected to help ensure the continuity and sustainability of Indonesia’s palm oil industry in the future. “In dealing with the challenges, palm oil industry players need to make innovations and transformations to improve their efficiency, productivity and sustainability, and strengthen the synergy among all stakeholders,” he said.

Edwin Lubis said that the conference, which proceeded during 14-16 March 2023 with the theme of “Coping The Matters, Ensuring The Future”, was attended by 900 participants from 14 countries and addressed by 72 speakers and 112 scientific posters. “During the conference, participants and speakers will discuss three topics, namely agriculture and biotechnology product development, processing technology, and bioenergy and environment, socio-economics, and business,” he said.

He added that the conference participants are also provided with the knowledge on the latest technology in sustainable production of palm oil and business risk management. “Through exhibitions and palm oil clinic, the participants are invited to discuss various issues, share experiences and establish network with other oil palm industry players in dealing with various issues they are now facing,” said Edwin Lubis.  (*)