Indonesia inaugurates red palm cooking oil plant in North Sumatra

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JAKARTA, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated a pilot red palm cooking oil plant in Deli Serdang in North Sumatra on Thursday to support farmers and downstream palm oil industry.

"We want domestic processing to have more value. Thus, the goal of the first red cooking oil plant's construction is to give palm oil farmers, especially those who have joined cooperatives, a good additional value," said Widodo on the sidelines of the inauguration.

Because red palm oil is less expensive than traditional cooking oil and has more nutrients than other oils, including the ability to preserve essential vitamins like A and E, Widodo is optimistic that red palm cooking oil will be competitive in the market.

This red palm cooking oil plant can produce 10 tons of crude palm oil or seven tons of red cooking oil daily.

Widodo emphasized the size of Indonesia's palm oil fields, which total 15.3 million hectares, of which 6.2 million are owned by farmers. Enditem

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