Indonesia to impose moratorium on palm oil concessions: President

Seribu Islands, Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo said the government is planning to impose a moratorium on palm oil concessions in a number of provinces in Indonesia.
"I have told the Minister of Environment. Previously we had a moratorium on peat land. Now we are preparing for a moratorium on palm oil," said Jokowi while giving direction to the declaration to the National Wild Plants and Animals Salvation Movement on Karya Island, Seribu Islands on Thursday.
The President said palm oils problems lie in its production time, which takes too long because farmers are not using superior quality seeds.
In addition, the late rejuvenation of palm oil trees is also another problem.
"Palm oil seeds used by farmers are mostly not selected properly, if it can be done then it will improve the quality," said the President regarding palm oil productivity affecting land use.
The president also said that entrepreneurs and smallholders will not be allowed to request land for palm oil concessions.
According to the President, the government is also planning to declare a moratorium on mining areas.
"No more clashes related to mining concessions with forest conservation, there should be no more such thing," said President Jokowi.
Jokowi also said the government will control the spatial planning for the mining sector to keep the order of the forest concession that has been set.
President Widodo also attended the launch of the National Movement for rescuing wild plants and animals on the Karya Island, Seribu Islands, Jakarta to commemorate the International Forests Day.
At the event, the President released hundreds of birds and hawksbill hatchlings and was accompanied by Minister Siti Nurbaya LHK in his support for protected wildlife.(*)