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New haze fears emerge as palm oil firms ditch Indonesia pact

Jakarta sees IPOP as competition, says it's too difficult for smallholders to comply with
Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 05:50
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AREA OF CONTENTION: Indonesia, the world's top palm oil producer, has been criticised by green activists for failing to stop the region's annual haze outbreaks.

Jakarta

ENVIRONMENTALISTS have warned of greater risks of haze and forest fires in South-east Asia after major palm oil firms ditched a landmark "zero deforestation" pact in Indonesia.

Top producers and traders said last week that the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge (IPOP) will be