Palm-oil talks: Asian Agri managing director Kelvin Tio (left to right) with RGE Indonesia chairman Joseph Oetomo and Asian Agri general manager Freddy Widjaya, speaks during a visit to The Jakarta Post’s office in Jakarta on Monday. JP/Jerry Adiguna
Palm oil producer Asian Agri Group plans to further promote the involvement of local farmers and the use of high-yield oil palm seeds in raising the company’s future crude palm oil (CPO) production, the company’s senior executive said.
Asian Agri managing director Kelvin Tio said in Jakarta Monday that the company had involved plasma and independent farmers in its oil palm plantations in Sumatra since it first started running plantations 27 years ago.
‘Around 40 percent of our plantation area is now managed by plasma farmers. We want to increase it to 60 percent,’ Kelvin said, indicating that the company had already met the government’s requirements for the involvement of plasma farmers.