Palm growers urge government to rethink land moratoriumThis article was originally published in The Public Ledger
INDONESIAN palm oil producers have urged the government to
reassess a plan to impose a two-year moratorium on new concessions,
claiming that they are struggling with unproductive land that has
limited their ability to increase production.
Speaking at a forum in Jakarta on Thursday, Joko Supriyono, secretary-general of the Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association, said that the palm oil industry, due to several "technical problems", could only utilise half of the land it had concessions for, The Jakarta Post reported.