The National Palm Industry Needs to Keep Triggered

By : Hariyanto And Aldo Bella Putra | Wednesday, March 21 2018 - 20:00 IWST

Christianto Wibisono dari Pusat Data Bisnis Indonesia (PDBI) dan Analis Bisnis Terkemuka di Indonesia (Foto Ist)
Christianto Wibisono dari Pusat Data Bisnis Indonesia (PDBI) dan Analis Bisnis Terkemuka di Indonesia (Foto Ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The national palm oil industry that contributes 22.97 billion dollars to the export of foreign exchange in 2017 needs to continue to be driven through the concept of Indonesia Incorporated.

The founder of Indonesian Business Data Center (PDBI), Christianto Wibisono in Jakarta, Tuesday (20/3/2018) said Indonesia Incorporated is a work culture that must be realized for economic development and the effort must be constitutional.

The role of the president, regional head and stakeholders is crucial to building a unified and competitive national economic unity.

According to him the Jokowi government needs to strive to secure the palm from the negative image.

"It needs priority to mobilize and empower all existing assets and pioneer improvements toward sustainable development," said Christianto through a written statement.

Meanwhile, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita invited the palm oil industry to educate the public against the propaganda on palm oil. The education will lead to clarification of allegations of outsiders of Indonesian palm oil.

The government, he continued, will continue to fight black campaigns and unhealthy competition against Indonesia's palm oil. Therefore, his side always corresponded with the European parties regarding discrimination against oil palm.

Similarly, Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman said, the welfare of the community through the empowerment of people's palm should be a priority.

"Wherever I go, never forget to campaign for palm oil as an asset of the nation that needs to be guarded together. There should be no arrogance of interests, because the spirit that must be built is the welfare of Indonesia," he said.

The minister warned that disruption to palm oil would cause the loss of 30 million residents and potentially trigger social vulnerability.

Meanwhile, members of Commission I of the House, Nurdin Tampubolon deplored the inhibition of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) exports and their derivatives to several countries, such as the United States, Norway, India and the European Union.

According to him, the obstacle arises from the jealousy of competing countries for the success of Indonesia's palm oil trade.

"Those countries are not happy to see that Indonesia can be prosperous with the largest CPO production in the world," he said.

According to him, countries in Western Europe and the United States that have sunflower seed oil production, do not want to be rivaled.

"This is because Indonesia's palm oil is the most competitive vegetable oil," he said.

Nurdin said there are many ways in which the countries compete to obstruct exports, among them by calling Indonesia not environmentally sound, its purpose is to reduce public trust.

"Unfortunately, it will not be achieved, palm oil remains a strategic commodity with high competitiveness," said Nurdin.

Vice Chairman of Commission VI of the House of Representatives Bowo Sidik Pangarso said the government should be able to protect investment in the plantation and forestry sectors through the regulation of pro-economic growth. Moreover, investment in this sector is fantastic more than Rp277, 32 trillion.

Bowo also asked the government to encourage the development of palm oil derivatives products in order to keep the industry growing and competitive in the global industry competition map.

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