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Malaysian, Indian Palm Oil Industry joins to promote sustainable production, Trade

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is signed between The Solvent Extractors’ Association (SEA) of India, the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Global Sustainability support organisation-Solidaridad Network Asia Limited (SNAL) during the Globoil Annual Conference held on 26th September, 2019 at Mumbai. The MoU is signed by Atul Chaturvedi, President , SEA , Dr Ahmad Parveez Hj Ghulam Kadir, Director General, MPOB and Dr Shatadru Chattopadhayay, Managing Director, SNAL in the presence of Madam Teresa Kok, Minister of Primary IndustriesNSE -0.51 %, Government of Malaysia.

“The objective of this MoU is to jointly promote Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) and Indian Palm Oil Sustainability Framework (IPOS) through harmonization between the two national standards. It would lead to the joint promotion of IPOS aligned MSPO certified palm oil to Indian markets and support smallholder palm oil producers in Malaysia to produce sustainably. There are plans to start promotional campaigns in India to close the gap between the issues of perception, allegations and the realities of palm oil,” a release from SEA said.

It added further: “Solidaridad’s role would be to convene the dialogue process between India and Malaysia and scale up its support to the smallholder palm oil farmers in Malaysia. Solidaridad has been partnering with MPOB to support more than 70,000 palm oil smallholders to produce better and prepare them for MSPO certification. It has developed digital support tools which will offer new perspectives for continual improvement at farm level, and smart use of big data will boost innovation in market.

Atul Chaturvedi, President of the Solvent Extractors’ Association of India (SEA), said “Time has come to prepare countries for having their own national standard, rather looking elsewhere, like Malaysia is having Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO), Indonesia is having Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and India too have Indian Palm Oil Sustainability (IPOS). I am confident that synergies between IPOS and MSPO would jointly safeguard the competitiveness of the palm oil industry, readiness for facing future consumer demands in sustainable manner and fulfil the national commitments towards sustainable production and trade of palm oil. This would lead the way for long term sustainability of palm oil sector in the region by reducing barriers and facilitating enhanced production and trade of sustainable palm oil”

Dr Ahmad Parveez Hj Ghulam Kadir, Director General, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), said “Through this tripartite MoU between MPOB, SEA and SNAL, the Parties agreed to broadly promote MSPO and IPOS through harmonization between the two national standards to ensure ease of passage of Malaysian Palm Oil into India”.

Dr Shatadru Chattopadhayay, Managing Director of Solidaridad Asia, said: “National initiatives like MSPO and IPOS led by the Government and local stakeholders are the critical tools for broad-based inclusive sector transformation in the palm oil. Asian stakeholders have decided to define for themselves what is sustainable for their producers and consumers. It is a movement that Solidaridad appreciates and seeks to support for making sustainability a local agenda from being perceived as a “western agenda”.

(The Economic Next)

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