JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – Palm oil producers expect Indonesian crude palm oil (CPO) production to rise to 40 million tons per year in 2020, from 27-30 million tons per year at present, in line with a move by CPO producers to add palm oil mills and replanting programs.
Daud Dharsono, chairman of Steering Committee for International Conference on Palm Oil and Environment (ICOPE) 2014 said the target can be realized if the replanting program undertaken by some plantation companies goes ahead as planned.
“I am optimistic it (the target) can be achieved as long as the replanting program is realized as planned,” Dharsono was quoted by Antara state news agency. He was speaking to reporters ahead of the 4th ICOPE to be held in Bali on Feb. 12-14, 2014.
He said at present, there are about 2 hectares of palm oil plantations whose productivity is still below 2 tons per hectare, below national average of 3.7 tons per hectare and below productivity average of 4.7 tons per hectare in Malaysia.
Daud Dharsono, who is also President Director of PT Smart Tbk, hopes that the replanting program will improve the productivity of the plantations to 6 tons per hectare. This is possible as some Indonesian plantations have achieved average productivity of 7.5 tons per hectare.
He said the coming ICOPE 2014 is expected to be attended by 400 participants from 19 countries. (*)