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ISPO, IMPROVING OR DECREASING THE IMAGE

16 March 2014 , 14:33 WIB | Read : 858 | By : Atep Yulianto Irawan

The emerge of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) in March 2011became a seriousness of the government of Indonesia to push national palm oil industry to implement sustainable practices which refer to regulations in this country. ISPO is the evidence that Indonesia is serious to implement the sustainable regulation – in addition, the regulation is mandatory. It is clear that the palm oil plantation businessmen which operate in Indonesia, whether they are foreign or local companies, should obey the regulation. “ISPO should be supported. And until this moment, there about 40 plantations have ISPO certifications,” Secretary of Agriculture, Suswono recently mentioned to InfoSAWIT in the Palm Oil and Environment International Seminar. But ISPO now faces some technical problems in the field though ISPO was taken as the sustainable certification in to increase the competitiveness of national palm oil products in the global markets.

Some of non government organisation workers also hope, the sustainable certification system will be credible and can be as same as the other models of certification because all regulations in ISPO refer to Indonesian regulations. Unfortunately, the hopes are blocked by kinds of wider problems. For example, there are less auditor, time in review process in ISPO Commission and the adjustment process of grading the plants classes which are done by Plantation Agencies in every single region. In InfoSAWIT October 2012 edition, it was written that ISPO was targetted to be complete by the end of 2014. It is predicted to be delayed. It can be seen that many companies are in the audit and rank process, done by ISPO Commission. Beside that, per 2012, referring to the data of Ministry of Agriculture, there were 1.212 plantation companies whose the plantation classes are known – 186 plantations were in developing process, 1.026 plantation have been in the operational process.

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