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Palm oil industry fumes as Jakarta gets tough on forest fires

They say prohibition to use new land could hurt Indonesia's top-producer position

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CASH CROP: Indonesia's overseas palm oil sales raked in US$19 billion in 2015, or 13 per cent of its overall exports.

Jakarta

PALM oil firms have slammed Indonesia's move to prohibit the use of new land to boost production, saying President Joko Widodo's latest effort to tackle forest fires could slash jobs and cripple output in the world's top producer of the commodity.

Palm oil is a major growth