Singapore-based palm oil producers maintain innocence over haze crisis
TWO producers and a user of palm oil that took some flak during the haze crisis in June this year have defended themselves at a seminar.
All three are headquartered or based in Singapore.
Commodities firm Wilmar International, which has 183,000 hectares of planted land in Indonesia, said on Thursday that at the height of the haze crisis, the conglomerate considered making its concession maps public, but did not go through with the idea.
The move would have cleared the air over accusations based on outdated maps that the illegal practice of land clearing by burning took place on Wilmar land. Land clearing for planting of palm trees through burning was the main culprit behind the hazardous smog with Pollutant Standards Index levels exceeding 400 that blanketed Singapore and parts of Indonesia and Malaysia.