CSPO Shipments to Rise by Year End

CERTIFIED sustainable palm oil (CSPO) shipments are expected to increase

to 2.5 million tonnes by the end of the year.

“This should be

able to match the European Union demand for both food and biofuel

consumption,” said Dr Vengeta Rao, secretary general of the Roundtable

for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

He was speaking at the

International Palm Oil Council in Kota Kinabalu yesterday.

Based on audit reports of growers and palm oil mills, CSPO shipments

will total 2 million tonnes by June, Rao said.

The single largest crop certification in the world will also be

undertaken by an independent supply chain certification body.

“We’re contracting it to take over the certification process from RSPO.

It will be a significant shift.”

RSPO will be undertaking a

pilot study with Accreditation Services International for one and a half

years.

He also said that that more countries have shown

interest in the 450-member RSPO with the addition of the Solomon

Islands, Colombia,Thailand and Ghana.

Despite claims that the

multi-stakeholder grouping was losing support, the RSPO has seen 12 new

members a month in recent times compared with five a month in 2008.

Malaysian smallholders will also jump on the bandwagon as Felda is

undergoing the auditing process.

Source : Business Times

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