Indonesian president vastly expands smallholder replanting scheme

May 14, 2018 |

In Indonesia, Reuters reports that the president is rolling out an extension of a new program started this year to help regenerate small oil palm plantations. The first phase of the project was for 20,000 ha but he is not calling for 185,000 ha of smallholder plantations to be rejuvenated. More than 5.6 million ha of plantations are currently more than 25 years old, having a negative impact on overall yields.  Currently small farmers produce around 3 metric tons of fresh fruit bunches per hectare but that could jump to 8 tons with higher yielding varieties.

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