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PFMA: Keeps Sustainable Palm Oil through Pandemic 2021



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PFMA: Keeps Sustainable Palm Oil through Pandemic 2021

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Palm oil as one plantation commodity plays important roles in Indonesian economy, such as, non-oil and gas source of exchange, employment, and material for industries. To support industries in Indonesia, palm oil is as the plantation producing cooking oil, margarine, candle, soap, cosmetics, pharmacy, and also material for biodiesel industries.

The waste of palm oil process could be taken for advantages to be compost, woof material, biogas, and others. Everything is the proof that palm oil is the motor of economy in Indonesia, increases welfare for many, access to education, health service, technology, and information.

“Palm oil industries contribute to regional income, deliver profits for the company, provide employment, and increase smallholders’ income too. Palm oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) was established in 2015 to develop sustainability in palm oil sectors by prudent, accountable, and transparent fund management,” Director of PFMA, Eddy Abdurrachman said in online press conference, Tuesday (28/12/2021) in Jakarta that InfoSAWIT joined.

He also confirmed that as fund management institution, PFMA has principle ‘from palm oil to palm oil’ and it goes in every program. “In 2021 PFMA gathers export fund up to more than Rp 69 billion. It is used to run many programs, such as, supporting biodiesel mandatory, providing infrastructures, researching and developing, promoting, and conducting partnership, developing human resources,” Eddy said.

He also mentioned, in the extreme slowing down economy because of Covid-19 since 2020, palm oil industries are ones of many economic activities that still run well and play financial power for Indonesia. The operational in the plantation normally runs in health protocols tightly. The smallholders and workers’ health and welfare run still in pandemic. Besides, the government is consistently implementing PFMA’s programs to run well in 2021.

Every program in PFMA is about to develop sustainable palm oil to stabilize price and efficient production cost and to make superior products, supply guarantee, certain markets, available supporting infrastructures namely to transform people’s welfare through sustainable palm oil industries. (T2)