Thailand is aiming to increase its domestic palm oil production by up to 50 per cent over the next nine years while at the same time trying to reclaim encroached peat forest from smallholders.
“Look, the peat here is so deep” 61-year-old Preecha Chimtong, a smallholder farmer growing oil palm on his 49-rai (about 20-acre) farm in southern Thailand’s Chumphon province.
In almost every aisle of the grocery store, you can find products from the palm oil, soy, wood, and cattle industries. Together, these industries are responsible for more than a third of tropical deforestation annually, according to the non-profit organization Forest Trends.
Just after nine o’clock on a Tuesday morning in June, an environmental activist named Bill Kayong was shot and killed while sitting in his pickup truck, waiting for a traffic light to change in the Malaysian city of Miri, on the island of Borneo.
By: Nandini Velho, Aparajita Datta, Anirban Datta-Roy, Mihin Dollo
Date: November 9th 2016
Source: The Arunachal Times
The recent articles by Umesh Srinivasan and Idar Nyori have brought the promise and pitfalls of oil palm expansion in Arunachal Pradesh to the fore.