Volume 18 | JANUARY 2012

COVER STORY
AGRICON'S NEW PUSH IN THE PLANTATION MARKET
Their father successfully built Agricon into one of Indonesia's leading producers of pesticide products for food crops. The Bengardi brothers are now leading Agricon into a new green pasture: the plantation market.

PROMOTING THE USE OF BENEFICIAL MICROBES

Malaysian-based Myagri sees growing demand for bio-fertilizer and bio-pesticides in Indonesia's oil palm sector amid rising awareness for environmentally friendly practices.

HIGHER GROWTH IN THE PALM OIL SEED SECTOR

The palm oil seed sector in Indonesia will see higher growth in 2012, although the weakness in the global economy may affect the demand for vegetable oils, including palm oil.

COMPANIES
JA WATTIE: GROWTH STORY IN A SLOWING GLOBAL ECONOMY
Jakarta-listed plantation company JA Wattie has set aggressive expansion targets following a recent initial public offering. Will the financial crisis in Europe hampers its ambitions?

PLEDGE TO SAVE THE PLANET

Golden Agri Resources has set extensive measures in the palm oil sector to protect rainforests and peat lands for the sake of the environment.

EXPANSION IN INDONESIA, JOB CUTS ELSEWHERE

Although planning to lay off 2,000 employees around the world due to the bleak global economy, agribusiness giant Cargill will strengthen its business by hiring more personnel in Indonesia.

PALM OIL
BPS SEES MUCH TIGHTER SUPPLY OF CPO IN 2012

EXPONENTIAL GROWTH AND CONFLICT

Land conflict involving indigenous communities due to the vast expansion of oil palm plantations is not a myth; and they also happen in other sectors. However as with any major disturbing environmental problems in the palm oil industry, some choose to disregard them.

3RD ICOPE; SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL IS THE SOLUTION

ON TROUBLED GROUNDS

The Indonesian Palm Oil Association sets high expectations for 2012, but it also identified a number of problems that might escalate and get in the way of progress if left unsolved.

OPINION
2011 IN RETROSPECT; INDONESIAN COCOA AT A CROSSROAD BY ZULHEFI SIKUMBANG

PEOPLE
GITA IRAWAN WIRJAWAN: DIET AND TRADE SURPLUS

ADI TAROEPATJEKA: LIFE THROUGH COFFEE

HORTICULTURE
IMPORT RESTRICTED

COFFEE
DOUBLE BLOW
Coffee farmers in Lampung are hit by poor harvest and low price. Some are hopeful for a better condition in 2012.

CULTIVATING COFFEE DRINKING


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