Developing Palm Oil Plantations Also Develops Civilization

Foto by Dea Kinanti_Sawitfest 2021/ilustration of plantation
Developing Palm Oil Plantations Also Develops Civilization

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Palm oil plantations that massively develop in many regions also contribute to remote area development to be better. The economic progress where palm oil plantations develop also develops civilization to be better.

The new theory of modern man civilization from Melayu by Prof Stephen Oppenheimer in the past few years can be read in his book “Eden in the East”. Oppenheimer theory he wrote could be the reference for the citizens of Indonesia to complete the ongoing theories until now.

In Oppenheimer theory, it is obviously mentioned that our ancestors from modern man civilization (Egypt, Mediterranean, and Mesopotamia) derived from Malay which is called Sunda Land (Indonesia). The theory is from ten years of research performed by genetic expert doctors with man’s DNA structure which was found.

In his book, Prof Stephen also emphasized the people of Polynesia (those who lived in America) were not from China, as many articles written in history books but from the lost lands in Southeast Asia.

For the theory is new still, about 2010 when the book was published, Oppenheimer Theory might not be so popular for the people. This may be the same with the advantages of palm oil that many consumers do not know still. But palm oil has become the most popular and sustainable vegetable oil in the world.

Palm oil as one kind of vegetable oil in the globe massively develops. It is from palm oil trees in Africa. As the tree growing in the forests, it is no question, many thought it as forest plantation.

The original palm oil tree from the forests in Africa is part of history which in the recent days, it seems to be non-history. As if, the opinion saying palm oil as plantation tree puts aside the history of palm oil tree that grows together with other forest trees.

The Government of Indonesia through Ministry of Forestry and Environment, as if, says yes to the opinion rejecting palm oil tree from the forest. What does cause this argument? It may happen, the literatures used are different and there are opinions said, will never be the same.

But every different opinion should end to get the same conclusion. If many agree that palm oil is not forest tree, what is the category? Frankly, rubber tree derives from forests. But when it is developed to be rubber plantation, it has no issue when saying rubber trees are rubber forest. What about palm oil forest?

Debate always comes up from upstream to downstream sector but the market demands from consumers always increase globally. Since 2006 palm oil has become the king of vegetable oil in the world and consumption keeps significantly increase worldwide.

Like clapping by one hand, the increasing consumers’ demands does not increase the supply from the plantation because the supply from Indonesia and Malaysia is stagnant for a very long time. As the result, the increasing production is not balance from palm oil plantations only.

Market competition always takes palm oil as the number one oil of soybean oil or sunflower oil. The two need larger areas to increase the production in every single year. It is contrast with palm oil plantation for facing limits and barriers in regulation but the production keeps increasing.

These are the dynamic description in palm oil business. The latest is that many could not think of the expensive price in the domestic and forced the people worried. Palm oil plantations really contribute to the people’s economy and exchange for the country obviously.

The successful civilization developed by palm oil plantation really encourage development dynamic and progressive thought. From remote areas, palm oil plantations spread derivative products to many cities and neighborhood countries.

Eventually palm oil could be part of solution to advance wanted man civilization but could be the block for those who do not want it. Where are our thought and partisanship?

Source: Editorial InfoSAWIT, February 2022