As the embargo on palm oil ends, Indonesia will rely on “existing legislation”

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After a ban on new plantation licenses ends, Indonesia will utilize existing regulations in a jobs creation bill approved last year to deal with concerns surrounding sustainable palm oil production. A top official said on Wednesday (September 22).
The world’s top palm oil exporter, Singapore, announced the embargo in September 2018 to halt deforestation and strengthen industry administration while also increasing output from current farmed areas.
Environmentalists are concerned that Indonesia is at risk of losing other huge forest areas due to plantation development because the ban ended on September 19 with no hint of an extension.
“Let’s simply operate it according to the current rules,” said Musdhalifah Machmud, deputy minister of food and agriculture, adding that officials had found issues with the moratorium that needed to be rectified.
Some plantations that existed before the moratorium continued to operate without a permission since they were located within a designated forest area, which was a problem.
“We haven’t been able to overcome all of these difficulties,” she added. “Let us suggest again what rules could be able to overcome more challenges.”

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