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Indonesia looks to Papua to expand palm oil plantations
uusjio | May 21, 2008 at 05:04 pmby
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Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, is now looking at its vast easternmost provinces in Papua to expand its palm oil plantations, a senior official said Wednesday.
"After Sumatra and Kalimantan became too dense for new palm oil plantations, the only land available is in Papua," the agriculture ministry's Director General for Plantations, Achmad Manggabarani, was quoted by Thomson Financial as saying on the margin of a three-day international conference on the commodity here.
He said the two provinces in Papua, the western half of New Guinea island, have three to four million hectares of land suitable for palm oil plantation.
"Several companies have already expressed interest, especially from Malaysia," Manggabarani said without giving details.
He said smaller concessions would be offered in Papua than the normal 100,000 to 200,000 hectares in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
Under the country's decentralisation drive, the ...