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it has been eight years when indonesia introduced sustainable practices through roundtable on sustainable palm oil (RSPO). but the pro and contra keep rising. is it true if it is a force to run the sustainabe practices?
The massive national palm oil plantation enlargements have blown the eyes of the world –vegetable oil has come to fulfill the needs of oil and fat which keep increasing because of the increasing population.
Unfortunately, because of environment reasons, palm oil plantation especially in Indonesia keeps facing the negative accusations. The reason says palm oil which damages forests in Indonesia. It is even saying as ‘no mercy damage’.
Not only damaging the environment, the health issue becomes the next problem. This has been running since palm oil plantations get larger for almost 10 millionsof hectares.
But looking back the old times, palm oil enlargement could not be interfered by the world societies. In the book of Tonggak Perubahan, General Director of Ministry of Agriculture in 1993 – 1995, Muhammad Badrun noted, The World Bank through International Development Association (IDA), an institution giving funds to the developing countries, gave credits to plantation companies in big countries about US$ 59 millions to develop people’s main plantation or Perkebunan Inti Rakyat (PIR).