Hoax 22 : Oil Palm Plantations are The Biggest GHG Emitters in The Farming Sector
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Oil palm plantations are the biggest GHG emitters in the farming sector ?
Based on data on Indonesian agriculture emissions issued by the FAO (2013), we can see (see figure below) that the Indonesian agricultural sources of emission are enteric fermentation amounting to 13 percent, manure left on pasture 7 percent, synthetic fertilizers 12 percent, rice cultivation 39 percent, manure management5 percent, crop residues 3 percent, manure applied to soils 2 percent, cultivated organic soils 9 percent and burning crop residues 0 percent.
Figure : Indonesia’s farming GHG emission sources
Value in percent %
Based on this data, the biggest source of Indonesian farming GHG emissions is rice-cultivation activities (39 percent) and activities related to animal husbandry (27 percent) so that the two commodities contribute 66 percent of the Indonesian farming GHG. Meanwhile, oil palm can be ascertained as not the main farming GHG contributor in Indonesia.