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06/06/2018

Colombia is the fourth biggest producer of palm oil in the world and the first in America

The adoption of good agricultural practices is one of the reasons for the increase in production.

Palm oil production

With outstanding performance in 2017 in excess of 1.6 million tons of palm oil - a record figure at 42% growth since 2016 and an estimated value of 3.3 billion pesos - the Colombian palm sector celebrates the forty-sixth edition of its National Congress of Cultivators of Palm Oil.

The theme of the Congress for 2018 is "Management for competitive and sustainable palmiculture." It aims to address, along these lines, the economic, environmental and social challenges in agriculture. The strategy of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, or RSPO, is aimed at not occupying new areas of high environmental value, not threatening biodiversity and promoting cleaner agricultural practices, as well as implementing good labor and social practices.

"In regard to what has already been planted, we can strongly state that palm oil crops in Colombia have predominantly avoided deforestation, as shown by studies conducted by international universities," stated Jens Mesa Dishington, Executive President of Fedepalma.

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