Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Sustainable palm oil production – It can be done

Indonesia proves palm oil can be sustainable
January 2013: Indonesia's Minister of Agriculture Suswono has praised sustainable palm oil practice in Dosan village, and says this initiative is a perfect example of the way large palm oil producers can remain profitable without further destroying the forests.
During a visit with Greenpeace Indonesia to Dosan Village in Riau Province, Suswono said sustainable palm oil practices could help dispel the negative image of palm oil producers as companies that damage the environment.

"A couple months ago I promised Greenpeace that I would visit this showcase of good palm oil practice. This project proves that sustainable palm oil is possible, and will go a long way to challenge the negative image of the Indonesian palm oil industry that currently exists in some importer countries," Suswono said.

"The level of production from smallholders is obviously still very small compared to the large scale palm oil industry. But this project shows that increased productivity means palm oil plantations do not need to expand further."

Protecting the surrounding forest
Since February 2011 farmers in Dosan village, together with local government and civil society have worked to develop a sustainable palm plantation and protect the remaining forest surrounding their village from expansion.
Continued: http://www.wildlifeextra.com/go/news/sustainable-palm-oil.html

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