Palm Oil Producer Countries Agree to Fight Back Negative Campaigns and Discrimination

Palm Oil Producer Countries Agree to Fight Back Negative Campaigns and Discrimination

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – In the 9th Ministerial Meeting Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (MM CPOPC) in Jakarta, Coordinator Minister in Economy, Airlangga Hartarto said, palm oil plantations are significant to support and accelerate economic recovery in this pandemic.

In 2021, palm oil exports from Indonesia could be reaching US$ 29 billion or increased 155% compared to the previous year. He said, plantation sectors, particularly palm oil in Indonesia tried to flow with global trend – implementing sustainable practices. “Indonesia is in the final process to certify downstream palm oil supply chain,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Saturday (4/12/2021).

But he admitted, discriminatory policy to palm oil industries exists still and negative accusation keeps raising. He thought, it is essential for CPOPC to defend their roles to support and keep the same interests in palm oil sector.

Meanwhile, Minister of Plantation Industry and Commodity Malaysia, Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said, many noticed anti-palm oil campaigns for years. In facts, palm oil plantations are much more efficient compared to other vegetable oil plantations.

“Propaganda against palm oil is more serious. CPOPC needs to fight back in more effective ways. It needs strategies to reveal myths about palm oil in general by advantaging advance technology in the cyber era by broadcasting news fast,” he said.

He also emphasized, CPOPC is an institution which involves in sustainable palm oil development globally.

It should play the big roles to help millions of smallholders and other stakeholders. This will help to assure that palm oil industries are committed to sustainability and implement sustainable development goals (SDGs) as same as what the world society insists.

CPOPC members have signed agreement. “It is hoped, the agreement could facilitate new member recruitment and observer countries to be CPOPC membership in this very short,” Datuk Zuraida Kamaruddin said.

The 9th MM CPOPC was virtually attended by Vice Minister of Agriculture, Columbia, Juan Gonzalo Botero Botero; Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Papua New Guinea, John Simon, MP; Vice Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Honduras, David Ernesto Wainwright; and Akua Sekyia Ahenkora, Ghana High Commissioner for Malaysia as his capacity to observe. (T2)