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Indonesia’s Deforestation Vow Spurs Focus to Replant Palm Trees

  • World’s biggest palm oil producer steps up replanting efforts
  • Smallholder farms key to plans to replace old oil palm trees
A palm plantation in East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.

A palm plantation in East Kalimantan, Borneo, Indonesia.

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Indonesia, the world’s biggest producer of palm oil, plans to balance keeping up production of the commodity to meet demand while fulfilling its pledge to end deforestation by focusing on replanting old trees.

The industry will step up efforts to help smallholder farms -- which cover 6.7 million hectares, or 75% of total oil palm plantations in the country -- to replace old plants with new crops that are more productive and profitable, according to Sahat Sinaga, acting chairman of the Indonesian Palm Oil Board.