Hazardous Smog Blankets Singapore

By Kyunghee Park and Jasmine Ng - 2013-06-21T10:15:32Z

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Indonesia’s Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said yesterday the government had identified more than 100 fire hot spots in the Riau region of Sumatra, of which 80 percent are within farm and plantation areas and 20 percent in forests.

Major companies with palm oil plantations in Indonesia, such as Singapore-listed Wilmar International Ltd., Malaysia’s Sime Darby Bhd., the world’s biggest listed palm oil producer, and Cargill Inc., told Bloomberg they had a zero-burning policy.