KL, Jakarta to Fight Anti-Palm Oil Lobby

Oil palm planters in Malaysia and Indonesia are joining

hands to form a coalition to fight anti-palm oil lobby that has been

intensifying recently.

Fierce rivalry from competing vegetable oils grown in Europe and North

America has prompted underhanded tactics by developed nations to curb

the growth of the palm oil trade.

At a meeting in Kuching,

Sarawak, yesterday, Malaysian and Indonesian oil palm planters did not

discuss an alternative scheme to certify that palm oil is produced from

sustainable methods.

However, they agree to engage with the

existing Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) for a more practical

scheme.

The Malaysian Palm Oil Association (MPOA), the

Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki), Association of Plantation

Investors of Malaysia in Indonesia (Apimi), Felda and Sarawak Oil Palm

Plantation Owners Association (Soppoa) have decided to form a coalition

called the Indonesia-Malaysia Palm Oil Group (Impog).

It was agreed that the first chairman of Impog will be from Apimi and

will serve as Impog’s secretariat for the year 2010. The chairmanship

will be rotated bi-annually.

Impog has formed a steering

committee to focus on emerging research and development, sustainability

related issues and communications to stakeholders.

Source : Business Times

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