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Indonesia contributes 50 percent of environmentally friendly CPO

Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA News) – Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) stated that Indonesia has a strategic role in the market of sustainable certified and environmentally friendly crude palm oil (CPO) as the country contributes 50 percent of the world total production.

RSPO Indonesia Director Tiur Rumondang said here on Tuesday that opportunities to gain much profit from RSPO certification is widely opened in the future.
That is because of the total area of 3.24 million hectares CPO in the world, half of it is located in Indonesia.

The world demand on CPO is higher than other commodities such as soybean and sun flower seeds oil, Tiur noted, adding that due to its excellence the demand in global market until November 2016 is more than 60-million metric tons.
“There are 1.8 million hectares of RSPO-certified CPO in Indonesia. This area is only ten percent of the total area of ten million hectares in the country,” Tiur noted.

She explained that the awareness to get RSPO certification in Indonesia shows positive trend, seen from the increasing of certified-CPO area in 2015 which was 1.46 million hectares.
Of the 1.8 million RSPO-certified-CPO in Indonesia, about 30 percent or 315,768 hectares are located in Riau province. The certified areas have produced 5.75 million tons fresh palm oil, 1,27 million tons metric CPO and 313.4 tons metric kernel.

The number of RSPO certification holder in Riau is ten companies, and 31 RSPO-certified CPO factories, while the area under the farmer partnership management reached 65,450 hectares.

The sustainable RSPO certification is valid for five years and is audited every year.(*)