Medan, N. Sumatra (ANTARA News) - Indonesia intends to expand the Crude Palm Oil (CPO) and its derivative products export to Nigeria which has potential demand about two million tons per year.

"Our intention was in line with the efforts of Nigeria to increase their national CPO production which is still low. Thus, they also should meet the need through import," said Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Board (DMSI) Derom Bangun in Medan on Wednesday.

He added Indonesia was following up the intention to export its CPO to Nigeria after the DMSI joined the Presidential visit to Abuja, Nigeria in early February 2013.

"The domestic need of CPO in Nigeria is very potential as their production is just 850 thousands tons per year, meanwhile the need grows 10 percent per year," he said.

Bangun noted Indonesia`s CPO export to Nigeria is also still low which accumulated 3,215 tons in November 2012, but recognized as the biggest export amount in Nigeria.

"Those show us that Nigeria is a huge potential export market for Indonesia`s CPO and its derivative products," he said.

While in these mean times, Bangun said the main product that exported to Nigeria was formed the Refined, Bleached and Deodorized (RBD) palm olein or cooking oil.

"We do hope that the enhancement of RI and Nigeria cooperation could also impact on the increase of Indonesia`s palm product export," he said.

Moreover, Bangun added Indonesia has tied a cooperation with Nigeria farmers association and Cote d`Ivoire palm association to reduce anti-palm oil campaign in international market, particularly in the Europe.


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