Wed, 10 Feb 2010

Pontianak (ANTARA News) - West Kalimantan has offered the Singapore government cooperation in crude palm oil management. "So far CPO from West Kalimantan have to pass Belawan port in Medan (North Sumatra)," the province`s governor, Cornelis, said on the sidelines of a visit by Singapore ambassador to Indonesia Ashok Mirpuri here on Tuesday.

The license that has been issued by the provincial government covers up to 2.3 million hectares with realization of plantations at around 500,000 hectares.

The CPO production of the region totals 800,000 tons a year but its value is down Rp200 per kilogram because it has to be exported through Belawan.

The governor said if Singapore is interested the produce should not be taken to Belawan, adding that many buyers of CPO from the region are from Malaysia.

He predicted there would be a significant rise in CPO production in the region as of 2012.

"Plantations will start producing in 2012. If they are all successful there will be a drastic increase," he said.

The governor on the occasion also told the envoy about the proovince`s other potentials that could be developed such as mining, agriculture and animal husbandry.

Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri said he would offer the region`s potentials to businessmen in his country.(*)