Volume 19 | FEBRUARY 2012

COVER STORY
EXCESSIVE TAXES IN CPO INDUSTRY
The decission to remove value added tax (VAT) on fresh fruit bunches (FFB) in 2007 is a perfect example of the government's good intentions gone wrong. Palm oil associations attempt to make it right.

WHO PAYS WHAT

COMPANIES
PT PERKEBUNAN LEMBAH BHAKTI: SEEKING HIGHER YIELDS
A plantation unit of PT Astra Agro Lestari, PT Perkebunan Lembah Bhakti aims to bolster their yield, replant aging trees, refurbish CPO mills and develop a CPO port facility over the next three years.

GROUPING THE PLANTATION

Indonesia is preparing a giant plantation holding company, one to become the largest plantation corporations in the world.

QLIKVIEW EXPEDITES DECISSION-MAKING PROCESS

PALM OIL
YIELDING MORE WITH BORON

PROTESTING US PALM OIL FINDINGS

Indonesia protests a planned US biodiesel policy which is seen discriminative against palm oil. Cabinet divided over how to response to the policy.

THE CENTRAL PATH

The world's biggest palm oil producer and exporter is caught between hard choices. As the rest of the world is urging for better rain forests conservation attempts, the nation is faced with concerns of elevating its economy. Experts believe that the key is to increase the country's yields per hectare.

ENVIRONMENT
LUNGS OF THE WORLD

In a move to meet its commitment to reduce gas emissions, Indonesia has designated its dense forest in Kalimantan (Borneo) island as a conservation area, calling it 'the lungs of the world'.

PEOPLE
AUDY ITEM: INDONESIA'S PALM OIL AMBASADOR

LASKARY ANDALY METAL BITTICACA: FIRST RUNNER UP OF INTERNATIONAL QUEEN OF COFFEE

FOOD
JUMPSTARTING THE DOWNSTREAM

SUGAR
BEARISH OUTLOOK
Sugar prices are set to fall in the 2011-2012 season that will start in October as production is projected to outpace demand.

 


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