InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Director of Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations Asian Agri, Bernard Riedo said, the main palm oil plantations of Asian Agri lay about 100 thousand hectares. The company is also in partnership with plasma smallholders for about 60 thousand hectares and in partnership with independent smallholders for about 42 thousand hectares.
“Our palm oil plantations were in three provinces, they are, North Sumatra, Riau, and Jambi,” Bernard said in Focus Group Discussion (FGD) SAWIT BERKELANJUTAN VOL 11, with the theme “Minyak Sawit Sebagai Minyak Nabati Berkelanjutan Terbesar Dunia”, that InfoSAWIT virtually conducted, Thursday (9/12/2021).
He also mentioned, palm oil production of Asian Agri reached about 1,1 million tons of crude palm oil (CPO) per year and becomes sustainable palm oil plantation company for having sustainable certificates in the world, both in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), and International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC).
“We are the first palm oil plantation company in partnership with independent smallholders that got RSPO and ISPO certificates,” he said.
Not only in sustainable aspect, Asian Agri has high palm oil productivity compared to others globally.
The average productivity in Asian Agri reached 5,38 tons of CPO/hectare/year, or higher than other global palm oil companies which reached 4,3 tons of CPO/hectare/year. The numbers are much higher than other vegetable oil, such as, rapeseed which reached 0,7 tons/hectare, sunflower which reached about 0,52/hectare, and soybean which reached 0,45/hectare.
2020 data released by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mentioned that of area planting among vegetable oil globally, palm oil was the narrowest areas in land use, laid about 11% of vegetable oil areas globally.
“It is the narrowest of soybean oil which laid about 59%, rapeseed oil about 17%, and sunflower oil about 13% of total vegetable oil areas in the world,” he said.
But stakeholders nationally commit to implement sustainable practices, for instance, Asian Agri with Sustainability Policy & Certifications which covers about peat protection, economic and social enhancement for the people around the plantations, and no deforestation.
Sustainable palm oil practices can be seen from sustainable incentive of the company, which is, conducting best management practices (BMP) in the plantations including the smallholders’, the supports of superior seeds, premium sharing for those implementing sustainable practices, and energy management by advantaging palm oil waste to be biogas.
“Including developing community, implement fire prevention program in forest and areas, Asian Agri Learning Institute by involving other related stakeholders,” Bernard said. (T2)