Government Works to Improve Productivity of Oil Palm Plantation

25/07/2017 09:47:53

The government has prepared 30,000 hectares of land for an oil palm replanting pilot project to increase productivity of the industry. "As a pilot project, we will replant oil palm trees on 30,000 ha of land," Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil said in Jakarta on Monday. The replanting project would be in an area where cooperatives were running strongly, given that cooperatives were expected to become the main players in the project, Sofyan added. "If the first phase of the project is successful, there will be more projects in the following years," Sofjan said, as reported by news agency Antara. Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution explained that oil palm replanting was necessary to avoid increasingly complicated issues, including pressure from the buyers. The replanting project would be jointly implemented by the Agriculture Ministry and the Plantation Fund Management Board for Palm Oil, said Darmin. The government will also run a similar program on rubber plantation in 2018, targeting more than 15,000 ha of land.