InfoSAWIT, BOGOR – Director of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) University, Prof Arif Satria showed sustainable practices in palm oil plantaitons in Indonesia to 11 ambassadors of European Union. In the webinar of Himpunan Alumni IPB University, Thursday (16/12), Prof Arif told, palm oil plantations have been developing based on sustainability principles for all these years.
He also mentioned, there are field proofs. “I do hope, by the seminar, there will be more inspirations and ideas to get in the form of policy or research agenda,” he said in series of Musyawarah Nasional (Munas) VI Himpunan Alumni IPB University.
Palm oil, he continued, is the mainstay commodity in Indonesia. The exports are the largest in the world. That is why, IPB University always exists to deliver fantastic innovations.
“IPB University has searched and found catalyst that palm oil can be 100 percent as biofuel (B100). Besides IPB University produced innovations from its derivative to be biomaterial,” Prof Arif told.
The other findings are anti-bullet vest, organic hand sanitizer, environmental helmet which every finding uses palm oil derivative products.
“In the upstream sector, technology gets more developing. In cooperation with PT Pupuk Kaltim through 4.0 technology, we developed palm oil plantation in precision. The fertilization technology gets better and it is applied in many regions. Research keeps going on including logistic system that uses blockchain and monitoring system in biodiversity,” he said, as quoted from official page of IPB University.
Chairman of Himpunan Alumni IPB University, Fathan Kamil told, the seminar was part of active contribution of the alumni to get better policy in palm oil sector.
“We want to develop stronger competition. Hopefully the webinar (seminar) could positively contribute to strengthen policy basic in our country in the future and can consolidate smallholders and stakeholders in palm oil industries,” he said.
Deputy in Agriculture and Food Coordination, Coordinator Ministry in Economy, Musdhalifah Machmud told, palm oil is one commodity that can survive in Covid-19 pandemic.
“Palm oil industries could hire 16,2 million workers. From economic statistic, palm oil did contribute 3,5 percent of gross domestic product, minimize inflation 1,75% and government spending 1,74 percent. Palm oil also make positive trade balance and became the biggest non-oil and gas exports,” she said. (T2)