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Achieving Sustainability Through
Optimising Yield Performance
Palm oil is proven as the most efficient crop and the world's most traded agricultural commodity with its uses ranging from food, industrial, personal care products to energy. It now contributes over US$ 10 billion in foreign exchange for Indonesia annually.
Under increasing attacks from buyers in Europe, the Indonesian government recently signed a moratorium banning deforestation and peatlands conversion caused by palm oil expansion for two years starting next year. This has thrown the Indonesian palm oil industry into a limbo as plantation expansions that are already licensed are now being reviewed in light of the ban.
As the green consumer mounts across the globe, many importers have now insisted they will buy only from producers that have certification.
Palm oil producers who are not yet certified have a strong need to understand the complexities of the RSPO audit and certification so that they can get themselves certified and gain worldwide recognition. Crude Palm Oil produced by RSPO certified mills also attracts a premium value in the market.
With this ban on peatland, oil palm expansion will now be relegated to marginal and degraded land. Under such circumstances, economic consideration will be the key driver for producers to ensure that their palm oil business is sustainable whilst meeting the needs to protect the environment.
Palm oil producers recognise that Increasing Yield is the best approach towards achieving sustainability in oil palm.
CMT's 2nd Palm Oil Summit on Sustainable Yields is an important gathering of oil palm companies, agronomists, plantation managers, sustainability directors to discuss critical issues and identify opportunities for yield improvements and effectively implement them in a sustainable manner.
Key issues to be discussed
Plus an intensive session on RSPO Certification from the Plantation to the End User led by Control Union Group.
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You will network with
Planters & Plantation Owners, Agronomists, Sustainability Officers, Scientists, R & D Directors, Plantation Consultants, Service Providers to Plantation Business, Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of palm oil related industries, Government agencies of agriculture and forestry, palm oil traders, End users including downstream processors
(vegetable oil, industrial lubricants, personal care and cosmetics)
The 2nd Palm Oil Summit in December is the industry’s top platform for building valuable business relationships. Join us in Bali to network with key executives and gain critical insights from the summit’s authoritative panel!
Here is a preview of the key executives you’ll interact with:
In a key strategy to reduce carbon emissions and avoid deforestation, the Indonesian government announced that palm oil producers are to use degraded rather than peat land for their plantation expansions. Existing palm oil plantations on peat land that no longer have the option to increase harvests via new peat land acquisition, will need to apply better techniques to improve their current yields for maximum economic value.
In light of above, the top major question for palm oil producers now would be: Can successful and sustainable palm oil cultivation in degraded land be carried out?
For the answers, come to 2nd Palm Oil Summit in Bali, to hear first-hand from invited speaker Dr Peter Limas he shares how he managed to achieve sustainability in palm oil cultivation on peat land. He will reveal his proven ways in his presentation on:
“Best Agro-Management Practices for Oil Palm Planted on Peatland”
Speaker: Dr Peter Lim
General Manager - R & D, PT TH Indo Plantations
In addition to above topic, you’ll also learn from experienced agronomist Dr Thomas Fairhurst, who will share insights on his personal experiences in:
“Yield Improvement in Oil Palm Planted on Degraded Land – An Indonesian Experience”
Speaker: Dr Thomas Fairhurst
Director, Tropical Crop Consultants Ltd
Here’s to your success in Bali!
GreenPeace’s anti-palm oil campaign claiming environmental damage by the practices of palm oil cultivation has been discovered to be full of false allegations and manipulation of facts against the palm oil farmers.
World Growth published the recent statement:
The revelation of a second instance within a few weeks of contrived claims, in this case misuse of herbicide by United Plantations, to discredit Southeast Asian palm oil producers shows the global campaign by environmental activists is rapidly losing credibility.
“The staged attack against United Plantations, a respectable palm oil producer compliant with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), is part of a failing global campaign by environmentalists and their financiers to ruin the reputation of producers and then greenmail customers like Kraft to drop them as a supplier, harming an industry that has lifted millions of Malaysians out of poverty.” (World Growth Press Release, September 14, 2010)
In light of the above, we invite you to get the exact facts on palm oil production from the 2nd Palm Oil Summit, and learn the truths about what the industry’s outlook is all about. The conference will be aptly focused on the theme of “Achieving Sustainability through Increased Yield Performance”.
For more information on the conference program, please click here.
Cargill will provide the company with segregated oil, certified by the Round Table for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the production and supply chain of which is entirely separate from other non-sustainable products.
“Our agreement with Unilever is the result of both companies’ strong commitment to supporting responsible supply chains”, said Paul Naar, head of Cargill’s food business in Europe.
“We are very pleased to partner with Unilever and see this as a big step forward in the drive towards palm oil sustainability.”
Source: Australian Food News, 3 August 2010
Buyers are showing more willingness to deal with palm oil producers who have attained RSPO certification. More on the matter will be shared at the 2nd Palm Oil Summit in Bali, 9-10 December when Control Union Group discusses the RSPO certification process and the criteria to be fulfilled, in their presentation entitled:
Fundamental Grounding of the RSPO Audit and Certification Process for All Units in the Supply Chain, Including the Plantation and through to the End User
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Major palm oil producing countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia must be watchful for the "cascading" effects of the proposed European Union's (EU) Renewable Energy Directive (RED) next year. The EU may be the first to start on a technical regulation and methodology like its RED to address climate change, but the move, if left unchecked, could lead to similar actions by other countries.
Although the policy is targeted to reduce the use of fossil fuels and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, it will affect the production costs as well as the trading system, said Fredrik Erixon, who is with Brussels-based European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE).
"The RED effectively cuts off market access for foreign competitors of European rapeseed oil like palm oil for biofuel use in Europe".
It directs the EU to adopt technical regulations and so-called process and production method standards and producers which do not meet those standards will not qualify for the excise-tax exemption or the national targets that EU member states should comply with.
According to the EU's calculation, the use of palm oil-based biodiesel from Malaysia failed the requirement as it achieved only 19 per cent, preventing it from qualifying for the incentives.
For more information on RED, attend 2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward in Bali this 9-10 December 2010. Mr David Ogg from Control Union Group will be leading the sessions on Meeting the RED requirements by way of ISCC Certification, with special focus on;
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CMT is proud to announce that our 2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward will be back from 9 to 10 December this year! And, as we’re hosting this 2nd series in the resort island of Bali Indonesia, we are looking forward to welcoming yet another worldwide delegation.
The first Sustainable Oil Palm Plantations meet in January this year, saw a good mix of attendees from palm oil producers and plantation companies which made-up 58% of our overall participants, commodities traders/investors (17%), agriculture companies (15%), power companies (8%) and inspection/quality testing companies (2%).
More if not the same of such high-level networking opportunity, latest details on yield improvements, agricultural best practices, plantation land management and sustainable guidelines can be expected at the upcoming December event!
So those keen on participating in the 2nd Palm Oil Summit: Sustainable Yields, The Way Forward as speakers, sponsors, media partners, exhibitors, and attendees are welcome to submit their enquiries to Ms. Mimi Berro at email@example.com.