ADVERTISEMENT

Slow replanting of palm a blow to Indonesia's efforts on environment


  • Palm Oil
  • Thursday, 17 Jan 2019

President Joko Widodo(pic) launched the scheme in late 2017, but funding had been disbursed to replant less than 15,000 hectares by last November, against an initial 2018 goal of 185,000 hectares, according to data from the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs.  "Since there has been a growing global backlash against palm oil, it is crucial the replanting programme is carried out as soon as possible," said Thontowi Suhada, a researcher at the U.S.-based World Resources Institute (WRI).

President Joko Widodo(pic) launched the scheme in late 2017, but funding had been disbursed to replant less than 15,000 hectares by last November, against an initial 2018 goal of 185,000 hectares, according to data from the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs. "Since there has been a growing global backlash against palm oil, it is crucial the replanting programme is carried out as soon as possible," said Thontowi Suhada, a researcher at the U.S.-based World Resources Institute (WRI).

JAKARTA: An ambitious scheme to replant about a fifth of the land under palm oil in Indonesia is running far behind schedule, marking a blow to efforts by the world's top producer to lift yields and fend off attacks on the sustainability of the crop.

The target of replanting 2.4 million hectares of palm grown by smallholders with quality seedlings by 2025 comes as Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's No. 2 producer, face a backlash in Western countries over the environmental toll of the edible oil.

Palm Oil , Plantations

   

ADVERTISEMENT