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Prof Endang Gumbira Sa’id, Obsesi Memajukan Sawit Indonesia

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Prof Dr Ir Endang Gumbira Sa’id MADev yang menghabiskan masa kecil di Subang, Jawa Barat, ini sudah terbiasa dengan rantai nilai komoditas pertanian, seperti tanaman pangan, perkebunan, peternakan dan perikanan. Kelapa sawit sebagai anugerah besar bangsa Indonesia merupakan tanaman terpenting bagi peradaban dunia.

Prof Egum, demikian sapaan akrab Prof Dr Ir Endang Gumbira Sa’id MADev, berasal dari keluarga sederhana di daerah Subang, Jawa Barat. Semasa kecil, dia mendapatkan pendidikan langsung dari ayah tercinta, yang kala itu bekerja sebagai Pegawai Negeri Sipil (PNS). Usai bekerja, sang ayahanda kerap mengajak Prof Egum ke ladang atau sawah milik keluarga untuk bekerja menggarap lahan.

Sejak masih Sekolah Dasar (SD), Egum kecil sudah membantu keluarga menggembala domba di lapangan sepakbola dekat rumah. Bahkan, di pekarangan rumah, keluarga Egum punya “kebun binatang” mini yang terdapat ayam kampung, ayam kate, ayam hutan, burung merak, burung kutilang, kelinci, bebek, serta ayam kalkun. Rutinitas yang dilakukan setiap hari, yakni memberi makan dan minum hewan peliharaan, lalu  membersihkan kandang.

Lantaran terbiasa dengan hewan peliharaan, Egum sejak kecil sudah jatuh hati pada dunia pertanian. Bahkan, pengalaman yang pernah diserap semasa duduk di Sekolah Menengah Pertama (SMP), yakni berkemah di kebun teh dan mengunjungi pabrik pengolahan teh di Ciater, Subang, kian mempertebal rasa cintanya pada dunia pertanian.

Dengan mata telanjang, dia menyaksikan transformasi daun teh menjadi produk konsumsi yang segar dan menyehatkan. Pengalaman itu memompa semangat kuat bagi dirinya, untuk menekuni ilmu pendidikan jurusan teknologi hasil pertanian. Dengan semangat pantang menyerah, Egum  menjalani pendidikan akademik Strata 1 hingga Strata 3 dengan spesialisasi jurusan teknologi hasil pertanian. “Pengalaman berkunjung ke pabrik pengolahan teh kala itu, benar-benar menjadi pengalaman batin yang sangat berkesan hingga sekarang,” tuturnya kepada InfoSAWIT.

Bahkan, berkat kepandaian dan ketekunannya, pada 1999 Egum diangkat menjadi Guru Besar Teknologi Industri Pertanian (TIP) yang pertama di Indonesia. IPB merupakan kampus pertama yang memiliki jurusan TIP sejak 1984. Hingga dewasa ini jurusan TIP, IPB sudah memiliki beberapa Guru besar lainnya. “Menjadi Guru Besar jurusan TIP pertama di Indonesia, merupakan bentuk penghargaan yang sangat besar artinya,” kata dia.

Ketekunan dan kerja keras tanpa pamrih yang dilakoni Prof Egum sejak dahulu, menjadi pelajaran berharga bagi generasi penerus sekarang. Pasalnya, tidak mudah menekuni satu bidang jurusan tanpa kenal lelah demi kemajuan dunia yang ditekuninya.

Bukti Keunggulan Minyak Sawit

Belajar dari ilmuan senior dan sang mentor, Prof Tien R Muchtadi, Egum  mengenal dunia kelapa sawit dan menekuni lebih dalam tentang pemanfaatannya. Berdasarkan pengalamannya sebagai seorang agro industriawan, ketika diajak bergabung ke Masyarakat Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (MAKSI) tahun 2011 oleh Prof Tien, dia langsung terlibat aktif dalam setiap kegiatan organisasi ini.

Menurut Prof Egum, kelapa sawit merupakan tanaman terpenting bagi peradaban dunia. Walaupun berasal dari Benua Afrika, namun kelapa sawit sangat memberikan berkah bagi kehidupan masyarakat Indonesia dan dunia. Pasalnya, berawal dari kelapa sawit, mampu menghasilkan beragam produk pangan, pakan, farmasi, kosmetik, bahan bangunan, energi dan sebagainya. “Kelapa sawit merupakan sumber kehidupan bagi produk-produk konsumsi yang menyehatkan,” ujarnya.

Meskipun kelapa sawit kerapkali  kalah dibandingkan bahan pangan pokok, seperti padi, jagung, gandum atau ubi kayu, tetapi secara kegunaan yang komprehensif justru minyak sawit sebagai pemenang.

Minyak sawit sebagai pemasok terbesar kebutuhan minyak nabati dunia, merupakan gambaran jelas bagi keunggulannya terhadap minyak nabati lainnya. Pasalnya, keberadaan minyak sawit berasal dari pohon kelapa sawit yang memiliki produktivitas tertinggi dan paling efisien menggunakan lahan di dunia, bila dibandingkan tanaman kedelai, kanola, bunga matahari, dan rapak.

Maka itu, minyak sawit mengalami tudingan yang tidak berdasar, karena pengembangan industri kelapa sawit akan mengancam kemapanan sumber-sumber minyak nabati dan produk lainnya, terutama di benua Eropa dan Amerika. Lebih jauh minyak sawit sangat kompatibel dengan teknologi produksi dan pengembangan produk-produk modern yang berbasis penemuan ilmiah. “Minyak sawit memiliki prospek yang sangat cerah di masa depan,” katanya, bersemangat.

Tantangan global pengembangan industri kelapa sawit Indonesia ke depan, menurut Prof Egum, terletak pada isu perusakan dan penggundulan hutan serta rusaknya ekosistem hutan yang menghilangkan keanekaragaman hayati. Berikutnya, tuduhan penggunaan lahan gambut yang dalam, dengan alasan melepaskan emisi karbon ke udara sebagai pemicu pemanasan global.

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Trader's Highlight

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DJI-NEW YORK, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Friday and posted their best weekly gains in a month as stronger-than-expected earnings from Amazon.com and Expedia Inc reinforced confidence in corporate performance.

Wall Street managed a fourth day of gains as the strongearnings season outweighed a surprisingly weak reading on first-quarter economic growth. [ID:nCATRFE83Z]

Online retailer Amazon climbed 15.7 percent to $226.85 and contributed half of Nasdaq's gain for the day. An S&P retail index <.RLX> rose 3.5 percent and hit an all-time high. Shares of Expedia, the Web-based travel provider, surged 23.5 percent to close at $40.31, after hitting a new high at $43 on record volume. [ID:nL2E8FQHZE] [ID:nL2E8FQFQF]

Growth in S&P 500 earnings rose to 7.2 percent this week from 3.2 percent at the start of the month, according to Thomson Reuters data. About 73 percent of the companies that have reported so far have beaten expectations.

"So far the numbers have been pretty good, and we're happy about that, but I think we have to wait to where we're done with the earnings season to really make judgments," said David James, senior vice president of James Investment Research in Alpha, Ohio.

"Going forward, the big key for people especially looking at tech is what happens with the dollar. I think the dollar will probably be stronger than people expect on a relative basis. Historically that usually means tech is the sector that gets hit the hardest."

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was up 23.69 points, or 0.18 percent, at 13,228.31. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was up 3.38 points, or 0.24 percent, at 1,403.36. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was up 18.59 points, or 0.61 percent, at 3,069.20.

NYMEX- NEW YORK, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures ended higher on Friday, up for the sixth session in a row, on hopes that weaker-than-expected growth data will spur the U.S. Fed to initiate more monetary-easing.

An initial estimate showed the first quarter U.S. gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 percent annual rate, slowing from 3 percent in the fourth quarter. [ID:nCATRFE83Z]

That was below economists' expectations for a 2.5 percent pace, but stronger than the 1.5 percent or less they forecast at the beginning of the quarter.

Trading was light but perked up a bit about an hour before the close of floor trading as traders attempted to test resistance at $105, which was hit just minutes before the close. Prices then receded again.

Oil futures got support from Wall Street, which advanced for a fourth straight day, as stronger earnings from bellwether stocks overshadowed the weaker-than-expected GDP data.

CBOT SOYBEAN-April 27 (Reuters) - Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures closed higher on Friday on brisk export sales including large sales to China.

* Support also stemmed from firm cash, slow farmer selling, waning crop prospects in South America and expectations for no soy to be posted for delivery against the spot May contract. Monday is first notice day for delivery on the May contract.

* USDA on Friday said exporters had sold 110,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to China for 2012/13 delivery and 116,000 tonnes to unknown destinations also for 2012/13 delivery.

* Wetter weather is forecast for most of the U.S. Midwest for the next week to 10-days, which will slow seedings of the 2012 corn and soybean crops. "There is a transition to wet weather, it will definitely slow plantings but it also will add valuable soil moisture. Some areas in the northwest were getting dry," said Andy Karst, meteorologist for World Weather Inc.

* Freezing temperatures in the upper 20s degrees Fahrenheit were noted early on Friday in central Indiana, northwest Ohio and Michigan and another freeze is expected in the eastern Midwest on Sunday. "I don't think there will be any permanent damage. It will burn back vegetation and slow wheat development. After the weekend there should be warmer temperatures," Karst said.
* May is above all key moving averages and the nine-day RSI was at 76.

FCPO- SINGAPORE, April 27 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil futures ended slightly higher on Friday as tight soybean supplies from Argentina trumped concerns triggered by a Spanish debt downgrade, with traders awaiting export data on Monday for more clues on price movements.

Palm oil ended the week only 0.1 percent higher compared to a week ago, with investor sentiment caught in a tug of war between tight global oilseed supply due to bad weather in Argentina and concerns about euro zone debt.

"The market is a bit quiet today ahead of the weekend. There is no direction as traders are waiting for developments in the market, plus price movements in CBOT and Dalian soybean oil look insignificant," said a trader with a foreign commodities brokerage in Malaysia.

"The market looks to be rangebound between 3,480 and 3,520 ringgit."

Benchmark July palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange inched up 0.1 percent to close at 3,505 ringgit ($1,151) per tonne.

Traded volumes were thin at 21,059 lots of 25 tonnes each, compared to the usual 25,000 lots.

Malaysian palm oil exports for the first 25 days of the month recovered compared to April 1-20, although the numbers were still lower than a month ago.

Traders attributed the improvement to stronger demand from major food buyers China and India as well as the biodiesel industry in Europe, with the focus now shifting to full-month export numbers due on Monday. [PALM/ITS][PALM/SGS]

One of Argentina's biggest grains exchanges cut another million tonnes off its 2011/12 soy crop forecasts on Thursday, citing poor yields, adding to bullishness supporting palm oil prices. [ID:nL2E8FQ95V]

But investor enthusiasm was tempered after Standard & Poor's lowered its credit rating on Spain by two notches to BBB-plus on Thursday, raising new fears about the lingering euro zone debt crisis.[ID:nL2E8FQLDM]

Palm oil will likely head towards 3,397 ringgit after testing support at 3,439 ringgit per tonne, said Reuters market analyst Wang Tao. [ID:nL3E8FQ29B]

REGIONAL EQUITY- BANGKOK, April 27 (Reuters) - Indonesian shares fell on Friday as investors sold banks on concerns about new bank ownership rules while other markets in the region reversed early gains to end lower amid euro zone debt concerns.

Indonesia's benchmark stock index <.JKSE> ended down 0.39 percent, led by a 1.67 percent drop in the Jakarta Finance Index <.JKFINA>.

Shares in Bank Danamon Indonesia Tbk tumbled 6.4 percent after Indonesia's central bank said it would issue new bank ownership rules next month and then review plans by

Singapore's DBS Group to acquire Indonesia's sixth-largest lender.

The Philippine index <.PSI> fell nearly 1 percent, erasing Thursday's 0.7 percent gain to an all-time high.

Job Vacancies | Lowongan Kerja Ganda Sawit Utama

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Jobs Oportunity
Lowongan Kerja Ganda Sawit Utama
Tax Supervisor
Jakarta Utara (Pluit)

Responsibilities:

    To verify and analyze the amount of tax reported and the amount of tax that is inputted inthe system to ensure the correctness and accuracy of data.
    Plan and organize the steps in the inspection taxes, provide and verify the data desiredby the tax, to anticipate problems that may result in a tax audit and determine solutions to problems.
    Maintaining good relations with the external tax to boost cooperation in both the tax andregulatory information in tax reporting.


Requirements:

    Candidate must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree, Accountancy / Tax.
    Male or female, age max 35 years.
    At least 5 year(s) of working experience in the related field is required for this position.
    Preferably Supervisor / Coordinators specializing in Finance - Audit/Taxation or equivalent.
    Full-Time position(s) available.
    Understand SAP and Microsoft Office.
    Attended training : Brevet A, B, B, & C.
    Know the Law and the latest tax laws.
    Experience in dealing with tax audits.


Please send application and CV (max 200 kb) to:

PT. GANDASAWIT UTAMA
Human Resource Department, Ganda Group - Agro Division

Jl. Raya Pluit Selatan Blok S No 8 Pluit Penjaringan Jakarta Utara

P +62 21 2358 6666
F +62 21 2358 6661 / 62

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Perajin Tegal Garap Mobil Khusus Kebun Sawit

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Pabrikan Automotif Viar di Semarang
TEMPO.CO, Tegal - Pemerintah Kabupaten Tegal menjajaki kerja sama pembuatan mobil khusus perkebunan kelapa sawit dengan pabrikan otomotif PT Viar Semarang. Menurut Kepala Dinas Perdagangan dan Perindustrian Kabupaten Tegal, Toto Subandrio, pihaknya akan memproduksi bagian badan kendaraan roda empat berkapasitas 600 cc tersebut.

"Sekaligus untuk meningkatkan serapan pasar bagi industri logam di Tegal,” kata dia di kantornya, Kamis, 8 Maret 2012.

Saat ini pemerintah Tegal dan Viar tengah menyelesaikan skema kerja sama yang akan dijalin. Toto yakin perajin logam di daerahnya mampu mengerjakan komponen otomotif yang dipesan Viar motor. Hal ini, menurut dia, terbukti dengan adanya ekspor suku cadang kendaraan ke beberapa negara sahabat senilai Rp 219 juta per tahun.

Selain itu, komponen mobil perajin logam di Tegal mampu memproduksi bodi dan sasis kendaraan roda tiga yang telah diproduksi oleh Viar. Meski begitu, Bendahara Koperasi Paguyuban Pengusaha Industri Kecil (KOPPIK) Kabupaten Tegal, Supandi, mengaku perlu dukungan untuk bisa menggarap proyek ini.

Menurut dia, kemampuan para perajin masih perlu ditingkatkan. Pasalnya, mereka terbiasa menggarap mesin diesel kapal dan sejumlah mesin industri tekstil. “Kami perlu tahu kerja sama produksi secara konkret. Jangan sampai mengecewakan mitra yang hendak diajak bisnis,” ujarnya.

Supandi menambahkan, pengerjaan mesin mobil memerlukan uji kekuatan dan kualitas berstandar tinggi, seperti dalam hal emisi dan keamanan pemakai. Ia mengaku selama ini mesin yang diproduksi perajin Kabupaten Tegal masih perlu penyempurnaan sebelum dikirim ke pemesan.

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Perusahaan Sawit Terus Ekspansi Lahan

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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Luas kebun sawit diperkirakan terus bertambah akibat meningkatnya permintaan produk berbahan dasar minyak sawit. Sekretaris Jenderal Gabungan Pengusaha Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Gapki) Joko Supriyono mengatakan, ekspansi lahan sawit mencapai 300-400 ribu hektare dalam beberapa tahun terakhir.

Joko melanjutkan, kebutuhan minyak nabati meningkat setiap tahunnya karena bertambahnya jumlah penduduk. Pada 2020, jumlah penduduk dunia diperkirakan bakal menembus 7,8 miliar.

Kenaikan ini diikuti kebutuhan minyak nabati yang meningkat menjadi 234 juta ton atau naik 50 persen sejak 2005. "Untuk memenuhi kebutuhan tersebut, ekspansi lahan sawit harus sebesar 3 juta hektare, disusul ekspansi lahan kedelai 2 juta hektare, dan biji matahari ekspansi 9 juta hektare," kata Joko, Selasa, 13 Maret 2012.

Malaysia dan Indonesia tercatat sebagai produsen kelapa sawit terbesar dunia dengan menguasai 85 persen pasar. Indonesia menguasai 47,6 persen dengan produksi 23,9 juta ton dan Malaysia 37,7 persen dengan produksi 18,9 juta ton. Namun ekspansi lahan sawit di Indonesia terbentur lahan yang terbatas. Selain itu,ada kawasan hutan yang tidak boleh ditanami lahan kelapa sawit. Padahal dari total lahan hutan di dunia sebesar 133 juta hektare, sekitar 40 juta hektare kawasan hutan Indonesia kritis.

Direktur Konservasi WWF-Indonesia, Nazir Foead, mengatakan, tanaman kelapa sawit sering dituding sebagai penyebab kerusakan hutan. Tercatat kelapa sawit menyumbang 29 persen konversi hutan, sedangkan hutan tanaman industri 24 persen. Namun kelapa sawit mampu menciptakan lapangan kerja yang cukup besar dan menjadi komoditas unggulan negara. "Karena itu pengusaha sawit harus mampu mensertifikasi pembangunan kebun kelapa sawit. Inil sedang dicari negara-negara konsumen untuk meyakinkan bahwa sawit bisa menjaga kelestarian," katanya.

Menurut catatan Gapki, luas areal kelapa sawit Indonesia 8,4 juta hektare. Dari luas ini, sebanyak 52 persennya digarap perusahaan swasta, 42 persen berupa perkebunan sawit rakyat, dan sisanya digarap oleh perusahaan BUMN. Dengan produksi hampir mencpai 24 juta ton, sebanyak 16,5 juta tonnya untuk ekspor atau 70 persen dari total produksi.

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Trader's Highlight

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DJI- NEW YORK, April 26 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose for a third day on Thursday after upbeat housing data and stronger-than-expected results from companies, including Citrix Systems Inc , overshadowed some high-profile earnings misses.

An index of pending home sales rose to nearly a two-year high in March, sending the Philadelphia Stock Exchange index of housing-related shares <.HGX> up 3 percent. Shares of homebuilder Lennar climbed 5.7 percent to $27.38.

During the regular session, the positive news on the housing front helped the market overcome data showing a stumbling labor market recovery. Initial claims for jobless benefits fell slightly in the latest week, but missed forecasts. [ID:nL2E8FQ37P]

"You can get cautious right here, but do not get bearish. There are too many good things happening," said Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist of Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 113.90 points, or 0.87 percent, to close at 13,204.62. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> advanced 9.29 points, or 0.67 percent, to 1,399.98. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> gained 20.98 points, or 0.69 percent, to 3,050.61.

Wednesday's rally helped to purge a lot of April's losses brought on by investors' worries over prospects for a seasonally weak market in May as well as signs that Europe's debt crisis was getting worse.
 
NYMEX- NEW YORK, April 26 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures rose on Thursday as upbeat March pending home sales added to optimism about the outlook for energy demand.
The pending home sales report offset disappointing U.S. jobless claims data and helped counter the bearish effect of a crude inventory rise in the United States reported by the Energy Information Administration on Wednesday. [EIA/S]

* On the New York Mercantile Exchange, June crude rose 43 cents, or 0.41 percent, to settle at $104.55 a barrel, having traded from $103.84 to $104.92. That intraday peak was near the 50-day moving average of $105.06.

* Five North Sea Forties crude oil cargoes loading in May have been delayed after a production halt at Nexen's Buzzard oilfield, a trading source said on Thursday. The source said that Buzzard, which shut down over the weekend, was ramping up on Thursday after being restarted on Wednesday. [ID:nL9E8CA00X]

* Seaborne oil exports from OPEC, excluding Angola and Ecuador, will fall by 20,000 barrels per day in the four weeks to May 12, UK consultancy Oil Movements said. [ID:nL6E8FQDD8]

* A Russian diplomat said on Wednesday that Iran and Western nations had shown interest in a Russian proposal aimed to help defuse the standoff over Tehran's nuclear program, but suggested it had not been the focus of talks earlier this month. [ID:nL6E8FQ4BM]

* South Korea will make sharp cuts in imports of Iranian crude from June as tightening Western sanctions make it impossible to secure insurance coverage for tankers, industry and company sources said. [ID:nL3E8FQ5HU]

* The Chicago Board Options Exchange's Oil Volatility Index <.OVX> fell to its lowest level in nearly five years intraday on Thursday, dropping below 25. [ID:nL2E8FQ4BO]

* Oil will be supported by Iranian tensions even as top producers pump at near full capacity, though the second quarter looks set for traditional seasonal price weakening, a Reuters poll showed. [O/POLL]

CBOT SOYBEAN- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures closed higher in the old-crop months on big export sales to China and waning crop prospects in South America.

Spot May gained nearly 20 cents per bushel premium on new-crop November on bull-spreading as traders bought old-crop contracts such as May SK2 and sold new-crop months such as November SX2.

USDA's weekly export sales report showed that net export sales of U.S. soybeans during the week ended last Thursday totaled 1,409,300 tonnes, above a range of estimates for 900,000 to 1,250,000 tonnes. [nEAP10AQ04] The USDA export sales highlights showed that old-crop sales to China totaled 603,800 tonnes and new-crop sales to China totaled 185,700 tonnes. [nIGB26E228]

Occasional bouts of rainfall in the Midwest over the next two weeks will slow the corn and soybean seeding pace but no major problems are expected, according to Commodity Weather Group. CWG also said frosty weather expected in the northern and eastern Midwest over the weekend would cause only minor damage to crops.

The Taiwan Sugar Corp. Has rejected all offers and made no purchase in a tender to buy 23,000 tonnes of U.S. origin corn and 12,000 tonnes of U.S. origin soybeans which closed on Thursday, European traders said. [nL6E8FQ3Q2]

Malaysian palm oil futures slipped on Thursday as global economic uncertainty and expectations of improving production weighed on the market, although recovering exports and a smaller soybean crop in Argentina limited losses. [nL3E8FQ32H] May was above all key moving averages and the nine-day RSI was at 73.

FCPO-SINGAPORE, April 26 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil futures slipped on Thursday as global economic uncertainty and expectations of improving production weighed on the market, although recovering exports and a smaller soybean crop in Argentina limited losses.

Despite the Federal Reserve's assurance that its very easy monetary policy will be kept in place for as long as needed, investors remained sceptical, worrying that the lingering euro zone debt crisis could slow growth and dampen demand.

"The underlying fundamentals still look quite good. Market is down as traders expect production should pick up in the month ahead. Another thing is economic concerns may be eating into demand," said James Ratnam, an analyst with TA Securities in Malaysia.

Benchmark July palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange fell 0.3 percent to close at 3,500 ringgit ($1,146) per tonne.

Traded volumes stood at 29,661 lots of 25 tonnes each, higher than the usual 25,000 lots.

Malaysian palm oil exports for the first 25 days of the month dropped a slight 2 and 3 percent, according to cargo surveyors Societe Generale de Surveillance and Intertek Testing Services respectively. [PALM/ITS][PALM/SGS]

Despite the fall, market players see the numbers as an improvement compared to the 5 percent decline seen in the first 20 days of the month. Traders said that demand from major food buyers China and India has been picking up, contributing to stronger buying interest in the edible oil.

Shipments to Europe were also higher compared to a month ago as demand from the biodiesel industry returned after winter.

Hamburg-based oilseeds analyst Oil World this week cut its forecast for Argentina's 2012 soy output to 42.5 million tonnes, reinforcing views of a tight global oilseed supply. [ID:nL5E8FN7X0]

Reuters market analyst Wang Tao had a bearish view, saying palm oil will clear a support at 3,439 ringgit per tonne and fall further to 3,395 ringgit. [ID:nL3E8FQ29B]

REGIONAL EQUITY- BANGKOK, April 26 (Reuters) - Southeast Asian stock markets ended mostly higher on Thursday, with Philippine shares climbing to fresh all-time highs and Thai stocks hitting their highest in more than three weeks on optimism fuelled by the U.S. Federal

Reserve's commitment to support growth. Fund flows appeared favourable, with the Philippines <.PSI> posting $16.5 million worth of foreign buying, Thomson Reuters data showed. Malaysian bourse said foreign investors bought shares for 138.70 million ringgit ($45.35 million).

Kompor Berbahan Bakar Cangkang Sawit

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Kompor Berbahan Bakar Cangkang Sawit
PEMERINTAH tahun ini akan menyalurkan bantuan kompor berbahan bakar sawit, sebagai alternatif penggunaan bahan bakar fosil bagi warga transmigrasi di wilayah Kabupaten Bengkulu Utara, Provinsi Bengkulu.

"Awal Desember akan segera kita salurkan bantuan kompor tersebut untuk membawa masyarakat di daerah ini tidak ketergantungan kepada bahan baker fosil, seperti bahan bakar minyak dan gas," kata Kepala Dinas Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi Provinsi Bengkulu Djoko Hendro, Senin (22/11).

Bantuan tersebut program dari Kementerian Tenaga Kerja dan Transmigrasi. Program itu akan menyalurkan sebanyak 1.000 unit kompor bahan bakar sawit bagi warga transmigrasi Kota Transmigrasi Mandiri(KTM)  Lagita dan program Transmigran Swakarsa Mandiri (TSM).

Ia mengatakan, Bengkulu Utara sebagai sasaran program itu karena daerah tersebut terdapat lokasi pengembangan KTM Lagita sekaligus sebagai penghasil sawit terbesar di Bengkulu.

Kepala bidang Penempatan dan Pengembangan Kawasan Transmigrasi Disnakertrans Provinsi Bengkulu Arief Sasongko menyatakan, penyaluran kompor tersebut akan menyentuh sebanyak 1.000 Kepala Keluarga warga transmigrasi di kawasan KTM Lagita dan TSM Batureja  di kabupaten tersebut.

Pembagian kompor diprioritaskan bagi warga transmigrasi dengan status keluarga prasejahtera dan sejahtera I, yakni 450 KK di Kecamatan Napal Putih, 200 di Kecamatan Batik Enau, 250 warga Kecamatan Ketahun, semua itu penduduk transmigrasi KTM Lagita, sedangkan 100 warga di Kecamatan Kerkap sebagai penduduk TSM Batureja.

�Saat ini tengah dipersiapkan penyeleksian calon penerima sehingga program tersebut dapat bermanfaat dan berkesinambungan di masa datang," ujarnya.

Ia mengharapkan program konversi BBM ke bahan bakar sawit di Bengkulu Utara dapat menjadi pilot project di Tanah Air. (*)

LAPORAN PERJALANAN DINAS Pendidikan dan Pelatihan Operator Komputer Wajib Daftar Perusahaan (WDP)

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I.    DASAR    :    

Surat Direktur Bina Usaha Perdagangan Direktorat Jenderal Perdagangan Dalam Negeri Kementerian Perdagangan Nomor: 89/PDN.2.4/3/2012 tanggal 7 Maret 2012 perihal Calon Peserta Diklat Operator Komputer WDP.
                 
II.    POKOK KEGIATAN    :  

1.    Berkaitan dengan pendidikan dan pelatihan PTSP di Bidang Penanaman Modal dengan rincian sebagai berikut:


a.    Bahwa dengan mengikuti pendidikan dan pelatihan (diklat) Operator Komputer WDP diharapkan para aparatur pusat dan daerah agar lebih paham dan termotivasi serta jelas arah sasarannya ketika melaksanakan pelayanan penanaman modal baik dipusat maupun daerah, dengan sasaran sebagai berikut:

-    Dapat meningkatkan pengetahuan, keahlian, keterampilan dan sikap untuk dapat melaksanakan tugas secara profesional dengan dilandasi kepribadian dan etika PNS etika PNS ketika melayani penanaman modal di pusat dan daerah.
-      Meningkatkan kompetensi Aparatur Perangkat Daerah khususnya Badan Penanaman Modal dan Pelayanan Terpadu Kab. Kubu Raya.
-    Memantapkan sikap dan semangat serta pengetahuan di bidang penyelenggaraan pelayanan penanaman modal di pusat dan daerah yang berorientasi pada masyarakat dan dunia usaha.
-   Menciptakan kesamaan visi dan dinamika pola pikir dalam melaksanakan tugas pemerintahan di bidang penyelenggaraan pelayanan penanaman modal di pusat dan daerah demi terwujudnya kepemerintahan yang baik.

b.    Proses belajar mengajar dialksanakan secara tatap muka dan terjadwal dalam. Dalam diklat tersebut dilaksanakan dengan cara:
-    Kuliah, ceramah
-    Diskusi, Tanya jawab
-    Latihan-latihan, praktek

c.    Total Materi ajar 15 jam, Praktek dan Teori 12 jam latihan, dimana materi ajar adalah sebagai berikut:

1)  Kebijakan Penyelenggaraan  Pendaftaran Perusahaan dan Implementasi Penyelenggaraan Pendaftaran Perusahaan
2)  Program Aplikasi WDP (Informasi dan Statistik)
3)  Pengawasan dan Penyidikan
4)  Kebijakan SIUP dan WDP
5)  Pengenalan WDP On-Line
6)  Program Aplikasi WDP (Informasi dan Statistik) praktek
7)  Pengenalan LAN, WAN, dan Internet

2.    Berkaitan dengan intisari materi pelajaran dapat diuraikan sebagai berikut:
1)    Payung hukum WDP antara lain:
a)    Undang-undang Nomor 3 tahun 1982 tentang Wajib Daftar Perusahaan
b)    Kepres  Nomor 53 tahun 1988 tentang Usaha atau Kegiatan yang Tidak dikenakan WDP
c)    PP Nomor 73 tahun 2008 tentang Jenis dan Tarif atas Jenis Penerimaan Negara bukan Pajak yang Berlaku pada Departemen Perdagangan
d)    Peraturan Menteri Perdagangan Nomor : 37/M-DAG/PER/9/2007 tanggal 4 Desember 2007 tentang Penyelenggaraan Pendaftaran Perusahaan.
2)    Wajib Daftar Perusahaan (WDP) adalah surat tanda pengesahan yang diberikan oleh Kantor Pendaftaran Perusahaan kepada perusahaan yang telah melakukan pendaftaran perusahaan.
3)    Tujuan WDP adalah mencatat bahan-bahan keterangan yang dibuat secara benar dari suatu perusahaan dan merupakan sumber informasi resmi untuk semua pihak yang berkepentingan mengenai identitas, data, serta keterangan lainnya tentang perusahaan dalam rangka menjamin kepastian berusaha.
4)    Berikut ini merupakan Prosedur Pendaftaran Perusahaan, Laporan Perubahan Daftar Perusahaan, Pelaporan, dan Pelayanan Informasi Wajib Daftar Perusahaan :

Berdasarkan UU No. 3 Thn 1982 tentang Wajib Daftar Perusahaan dan Permendag No. 37/M-DAG/PER/9/2007 Tgl. 4 Desember 2007 ttg Penyelenggaraan Pendaftaran Perusahaan
Berdasarkan UU No. 3 Thn 1982 tentang Wajib Daftar Perusahaan dan Permendag No. 37/M-DAG/PER/9/2007 Tgl. 4 Desember 2007 ttg Penyelenggaraan Pendaftaran Perusahaan
Berdasarkan UU No. 3 Thn 1982 tentang Wajib Daftar Perusahaan dan Permendag No. 37/M-DAG/PER/9/2007 Tgl. 4 Desember 2007 ttg Penyelenggaraan Pendaftaran Perusahaan
3.    Kegiatan ditutup sesuai dengan jadual yang telah dibuat oleh panitia dimana  semua kegiatan berjalan lancar dan diakhiri dengan ujian presentasi.

III.    PENUTUP    :    Demikian laporan perjalanan dinas ini disampaikan, guna bahan lebih lanjut.


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Trader's Highlight

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DJI- NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rallied on Wednesday, with Apple's surge giving the Nasdaq its biggest gain of the year, while the Fed chairman reassured markets that the central bank would do more if necessary to lift the economy.

Apple Inc fueled optimism that the current earnings season would be much stronger than expected, generating gains across all market sectors. The iPad and iPhone maker's results, released after Tuesday's closing bell, showed that its quarterly

profits nearly doubled, while its revenue easily topped expectations. The rally in Apple's stock especially benefited the S&P 500 tech sector index <.GSPT>, which jumped 3.2 percent. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke spurred further gains when he said the U.S. central bank "would not hesitate" to launch another round of bond purchases to drive borrowing costs lower if it looked like the economy needed it. [ID:nL2E8FOJAC]

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> shot up 89.16 points, or 0.69 percent, to 13,090.72 at the close. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> rose 18.72 points, or 1.36 percent, to 1,390.69. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> jumped 68.03 points, or 2.30 percent, to 3,029.63, and scored its best daily percentage gain since Dec. 20.

During the regular session, Bernanke's comments came as a welcome surprise to some stock investors.

"People looked at the FOMC statement and saw no mention of QE3, but in his press conference, Bernanke made it quite clear that additional asset purchases remain completely on the table. That may have been a revelation to some of the earlier sellers," said William O'Donnell, managing director and head of U.S. Treasury strategy at RBS Securities in Stamford, Connecticut.

NYMEX- NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures rose on Wednesday after a tug-of-war session, receiving a late lift from Wall Street's rally, the Federal Reserve reiterating its low interest rate policy, and falling refined products stocks that offset rising crude inventories.

Oil futures received pressure intraday from Energy Information Administration data showing U.S. crude stocks rose 3.98 million barrels last week, more than expected and counter to an industry report on Tuesday that showing an inventory drop.[EIA/S] [API/S]

* On the New York Mercantile Exchange, June crude rose 57 cents, or 0.55 percent, to settle at $104.12 a barrel, having traded from $103.11 to $104.57.

* Four cargoes of North Sea Forties crude loading in May have been delayed after production problems at Britain's largest oilfield, trade sources said. Nexen said its 200,000-barrel per day Buzzard field, shut down after a problem with a gas compressor on its newest platform over the weekend was restarting after repairs. [ID:nL6E8FP2ON]

* Russia will continue its abundant Urals crude exports in May, a preliminary export schedule showed. [ID:nL6E8FP2HX]

* Production at Iraq's West Qurna Phase-2 oilfield was expected to hit 500,000 bpd in 2014, Iraq's oil minister said as drilling of the first oil well began. [ID:nL6E8FP39J]

* Goldman Sachs maintained its near-term neutral recommendation on the commodities complex as a whole on renewed euro zone debt concerns and a modest slowing in U.S. growth, despite signs of China beginning to pick up after a policy induced slowdown late last year. [ID:nL3E8FP3KA]

* Demand U.S. durable manufactured goods tumbled by the most in three years in March and businesses cut back on spending plans. [ID:nL2E8FP2GL]

CBOT SOYBEAN- Soybean futures on the Chicago Board of Trade closed higher on concerns about the size of South America's soy harvest and positioning ahead of a three-day U.S. holiday weekend, traders said.

* U.S. grain markets will be closed on Friday for the Good Friday holiday.

* Strong weekly U.S. export sales added support. USDA reported export sales of U.S. soybeans in the latest week at 1,112,900 tonnes (old and new crop years combined), above a range of trade estimates for 600,000 to 850,000 tonnes. [ID:nEAP10A504]

* Front-month soybeans reached $14.34-1/4, matching Tuesday's seven-month high on the continuous chart. Soybeans unofficially ended the week up 2.08 percent, the second straight weekly rise.

* Nearby soybean contracts gained against back months as traders appeared to unwind long November/short May and long November/short July spreads.

* The USDA's attache in Brazil projected the country's 2011/12 soybean harvest at 66 million tonnes, down from USDA's last forecast of 68.5 million. Attache reports are not official data but can signal what USDA might do in its next official monthly report, due out next week. [ID:nL2E8F49YR]

* Analysts surveyed by Reuters expect USDA in its April 10 supply/demand reports to lower its forecast of U.S. 2011/12 soybean ending stocks, as well as its estimates of the 2011/12 soy harvests in Brazil and Argentina. [ID:nL2E8F4A2E]

* Tugboats in Argentina's main grains export route dislodged a boat carrying soymeal that ran aground three days ago, delaying at least 85 ships, a shipping industry group said. [ID:nL2E8F54ST]

FCPO- SINGAPORE, April 25 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil futures ended higher on Wednesday, as buying interest poured in after the midday break on bullish factors including recovering exports and tight soybean supply.

Another sign of improving demand is the smaller fall of three percent in Malaysian palm oil exports for the first 25 days of the month, versus a decline of 5 percent for the period April 1-20. [PALM/ITS]

Tight soybean supply in drought-hit South America remains a key bullish factor for palm oil. On Tuesday, Hamburg-based oilseeds analyst Oil World has again cut its forecast for Argentina's 2012 soybean crop, this time by 1.5 million tonnes. [ID:nL5E8FN7X0]

"The market ends higher on its failure to crack support levels and there is a lack of producers selling," a trader with a domestic commodities brokerage in Malaysia said. "There is also anticipation of stronger soybean and beanoil prices in the CBOT on the Argentine weather and Chinese demand."

Benchmark July palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange closed up 1.4 percent at 3,511 ringgit ($1,148) per tonne.

Traded volumes stood at 22,353 lots of 25 tonnes each, slightly lower than the usual 25,000 lots.

Traders attributed the improvement in Malaysian palm oil exports to higher demand from major buyers such as India and China. Another cargo surveyor, Societe Generale de Surveillance, reported a similar 2 percent decline in palm oil exports for April 1-25 from a month ago. [PALM/SGS]

Despite the slight recovery in exports, some traders said shipments for April were still likely to be lower than a month ago.

"April 1-25 exports are still down by 3 percent, so in the next five days how much more can be shipped (to reverse the trend)? Really not much," said a trader at a commodities house in Singapore.

REGIONAL EQUITY-BANGKOK, April 25 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian stock markets posted modest gains on Wednesday as investors selectively bought beaten-down blue chips late in the session but markets remained cautious ahead of results from a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

The Philippine index <.PSI> edged up 0.7 percent, climbing at one point to an intraday record high of 5,226.54.

Thailand's benchmark SET index <.SETI> ended up 0.13 percent, with gains limited by thin trading volume. It hit a three-week high of 1,204.73 in early trade.

Pembangkit Listrik Tenaga Sawit

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PT Perkebunan Nusantara XIII melakukan studi kelayakan terhadap pembangunan pembangkit listrik yang memanfaatkan sisa limbah sawit di Parindu, Kabupaten Sanggau.

"Sekarang lagi studi kelayakan, tetapi target tahun depan bisa operasional," kata Direktur SDM dan Umum PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PN) XIII Wagiyo Ripto Sumarto saat dihubungi di Pontianak, beberapa waktu lalu.

Pembangkit listrik tersebut merupakan bagian dari nota kesepahaman PTPN XIII dengan PLN dalam pembelian energi listrik. Kapasitas mesin pembangkit tersebut mencapai 2 x 3 megawatt.

PTPN XIII akan memanfaatkan cangkang sisa olahan buah sawit dan tandan kosong sebagai bahan bakar untuk memutar turbin. Cangkang tersebut membakar boiler yang uap panasnya dapat digunakan untuk menggerakkan turbin mesin pembangkit listrik.

Selain untuk listrik, PTPN XIII juga mengoptimalkan sisa limbah dari pengolahan CPO sebagai bahan baku biodiesel. Saat ini satu unit mesin digunakan untuk memproses limbah tersebut menjadi biodisel di Parindu, Kabupaten Sanggau.

"Kapasitasnya enam ribu liter," kata General Manajer Distrik Kalbar II PTPN XIII P Girsang.

Biaya produksi satu liter biodiesel tersebut sekitar Rp4 ribu. Bahan bakunya dari CPO yang mengandung asam lemak bebas berkadar tinggi.
"Kalau pun dijual, harganya sangat rendah dan jauh dibanding CPO yang mengandung asam lemak bebas berkadar rendah," kata Girsang.

Biodiesel yang dihasilkan digunakan untuk Pabrik Kelapa Sawit di Parindu yang berkapasitas olah 60 ton tandan buah segar per jam.

PTPN XIII menggunakan konsep B20 untuk biodiesel tersebut. Maksudnya, dari satu liter bahan bakar untuk pabrik kelapa sawit, 20 persennya menggunakan biodiesel dan sisanya solar.

Sementara Wagiyo Ripto Sumarto mengatakan, pemanfaatan biodiesel membutuhkan kebijakan tegas dan jelas daripemerintah. "Kami akan melihat kebijakan pemerintah seperti apa untuk biodiesel," kata dia. (*)

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LSM Asing Gembosi Industri Sawit RI | Terkait Isu Lingkungan Hidup

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Kampanye negatif sejumlah lembaga swadaya masyarakat (LSM) asing terkait isu lingkungan, diduga tidak murni atas nama lingkungan. Diduga hal itu ditunggangi kepentingan politis lain untuk menyerang industri kelapa sawit Indonesia. Hal tersebut diungkapkan Ketua Masyarakat Perkelapasawitan Indonesia Bidang Advokasi, Promosi dan Kerjasama, Gumbira Said di Jakarta kemarin.

Gumbira mengatakan hal tersebut ketika diminta komentar terkait pernyataan Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono beberapa waktu lalu tentang adanya sejumlah kritik dari LSM asing yang dinilai sudah mengintervensi kebijakan internal Indonesia. “LSM asing itu sepertinya memang mempunyai kepentingan tertentu terhadap industri kelapa sawit Indonesia.

Atau diperalat oleh sejumlah pengusaha besar Eropa yang merasa khawatir dengan perkembangan signifikan industri sawit kita,” katanya pada wartawan kemarin. Sebagai Guru Besar Teknologi Industri Pertanian IPB, Gumbira menambahkan, pihaknya sepakat dengan pernyataan Presiden SBY bahwa pihak asing hendaknya jangan masuk ke ranah kebijakan internal Indonesia. Terutama terkait persoalan lingkungan. “Indonesia toh sudah memiliki komitmen dalam moratorium terkait penurunan emisi di Norwegia.

Jadi, hendaknya LSM itu memahami bahwa Indonesia tidak diam terkait kebijakan lingkungan,” paparnya. Dilanjutkannya, pihak asing yang notabene berasal dari Eropa, mempunyai misi titipan dari pengusaha minyak nabati yang merasa terjepit pasarnya dengan perkembangan industri minyak sawit Indonesia. “Nah salah satu kiatnya adalah menebarkan kampanye negatif tentang lingkungan yang dibidikkan langsung ke Indonesia,” tambahnya. Ditegaskan bahwa pembangunan industri kelapa sawit memang tidak harus merusak lingkungan.

Namun, fakta di lapangan memang mesti diakui, ada sejumlah pengusaha nakal. “Ketika mereka melakukan perluasan lahan kelapa sawit, beberapa di antaranya memang melakukan perusakan lingkungan. Namun, itu sudah dilakukan langkah-langkah antisipasi dengan cara adanya pengawasan langsung dari pemerintah,” ungkapnya. Sementara, Direktur Program Tropenbos International Indonesia Programme, Petrus Gunarso menjelaskan, kendati pihaknya berasal dari LSM asing, namun justru mendukung pernyataan Presiden SBY tersebut.

“Apa yang dilontarkan LSM asing itu tidak seluruhnya benar. Namun, inti dari kampanye negatif yang dilemparkan LSM asing, jelas mengacu pada industri minyak nabati Eropa yang merasa terancam serta takut tersaingi dengan kelapa sawit yang makin menunjukan utilitasnya,” katanya. Terkait dengan sejumlah fakta di lapangan bahwa masih ada pelanggaran dilakukan pengusaha kelapa sawit saat melakukan perluasan lahan. Petrus mengatakan, persoalannya tidak semata-mata terletak pada pengusaha.

“Pengusaha bisa jadi mendapat ijin dari pemda setempat, atau mekanisme pemberian ijin yang keliru terkait peruntukan perluasan lahan untuk kelapa sawit,” tambahnya. Pihaknya menilai kebijakan pemerintah terkait perluasan lahan kelapa sawit sesungguhnya sudah benar.

Hanya prakteknya di lapangan berbeda. Dipertanyakan kenapa pemerintah yang memberi ijin perluasan lahan pada pengusaha tidak diarahkan pada lahan hutan yang rusak saja.“Kita memiliki hutan yang gundul dan luas sekali. Di sana kawasan hutan tetapi tidak ada hutan di dalamnya. Harusnya ekspansi sawit diarahkan ke sana, sekaligus mencari solusi emisi gas rumah kaca,” tukasnya. (dri)

sumber: indopos.co.id

RTRS- U.S. farmers made good planting- USDA

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CHICAGO, April 23 (Reuters) - U.S. farmers east of the Mississippi River made good planting progress, while growers in western areas of the Corn Belt were slowed by rainy weather, a U.S. Agriculture Department report showed on Monday.

The USDA's weekly crop progress and conditions report showed that U.S. corn seeding was 28 percent completed as of April 22, up from 17 percent a week ago and ahead of the five-year average of 15 percent, but down from analysts expectations.

The planting pace was the third fastest ever for this time of year but the wet fields have pushed farmers behind the record pace they established in early April.

Soybean planting was a record 6 percent finished, up from 2 percent a year ago, ahead of the five-year average of 2 percent. That pace beat analysts' expectations.

USDA released a soybean planting estimate as early as the third week in April just once before, in 2007. The department calculated year-ago figures and the five-year average from data it collected but had not released before Monday.

Analysts expected corn planting at 31 percent, based on the average of 17 crop watchers surveyed in a Reuters poll, and had pegged soybean planting at 4 percent complete.

RTRS- Brazil soy crop sales, harvest - Celeres

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SAO PAULO, April 23 (Reuters) - Sales of Brazil's 2011/12 soybean crop rose to 75 percent of the total expected production of 67.9 million tonnes, up from 72 percent a week earlier, analysts Celeres said on Monday.

Harvest is days from ending across the main soy belt, where rain has been less than optimal this year and will keep the world's No. 2 soybean producer at least 7 million tonnes shy of last year's record harvest of 75 million tonnes.

Celeres said harvest has reached 93 percent of the crop area by April 20, up from 88 percent in the week prior. Last year at this time, 91 percent of the crop had been collected. The No. 1 soybean state Mato Grosso, No. 2 soy state Parana and No. 4 soy state Goias are finished with harvest.

Brazil is the world's second biggest soybean producer after the United States and is expected to surpass it to become the largest exporter of the oilseed this year for the first time since 2005/06.

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DJI- NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Monday as political turmoil in Europe cast doubts on the euro zone's ability to push through measures to end its debt crisis and as Wal-Mart sank following a report it stymied a bribery probe.

The Dutch prime minister tendered his government's resignation on Monday after Dutch officials failed to agree on budget cuts. Adding to the uncertainty was a Sunday vote in France that threw the presidential race wide open. [ID:nL5E8FN1WN] [ID:nL5E8FM30Q]

The renewed worries came as the euro zone's business slump deepened at a far faster pace than expected in April. [ID:nL3E8FN7JT] The Markit PMI fell to a five-month low, confounding forecasts for a rise. Europe's debt crisis has been a major headwind for U.S. equities as investors worried it could hurt corporate profits. Bank shares were hit by the concern, including Morgan Stanley , which fell 2.9 percent to $16.98. The KBW bank index <.BKX> fell 0.6 percent.

"It's becoming clear the euro zone is in a recession, and that brings a lot of concerns. To really get out of the debt problem, you need growth, and we haven't gotten to that step yet,"sai d Hank Smith, chief investment officer at Haverford Trust Co. in Philadelphia.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc slumped 4.7 percent to $59.54 and was the biggest drag on the Dow after the New York Times reported Wal-Mart officials stymied an internal investigation into bribery allegations at its Mexican unit, Walmart de Mexico . Those shares dropped 12 percent to 37.82 pesos.

The sell-off was broad with almost 3 stocks on the New York Stock Exchange falling for each one that rose, and the economically sensitive S&P materials sector <.GSPM> was among the worst performing areas, down 1.4 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> was down 102.09 points, or 0.78 percent, at 12,927.17. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.SPX> was down 11.59 points, or 0.84 percent, at 1,366.94. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.IXIC> was down 30.00 points, or 1.00 percent, at 2,970.45.

NYMEX- NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures fell on Monday on pressure from revived concerns about the euro zone economy and political uncertainty, while a North Sea production problem and worries about Iran and potential supply disruptions helped limit losses.

Politics added uncertainty after the Socialist challenger edged out French President Nicolas Sarkozy, leaving the two to fight a May 6 election run-off, while the Dutch government was set to resign in a crisis over budget cuts. [ID:nL5E8FN040] [ID:nL5E8FM3ER]

Crude futures' losses, especially for Brent crude, were limited by news that production stopped at the North Sea Buzzard oil field, Britain's largest, following a problem with a gas compressor over the weekend.

Output is expected to "ramp up" over the next 24-48 hours according to a spokeswoman for operator Nexen . [ID:nL5E8FN8R0]

Oil markets continued to be buffeted by competing concerns about slowing economic growth and potential for supply disruptions following the sharp price rise in the first quarter as U.S. and European tightened sanctions on Iran aimed at curbing its nuclear program by limiting oil exports and revenues.

* On the New York Mercantile Exchange, June crude fell 77 cents, or 0.74 percent, to settle at $103.11 a barrel, having traded from $101.82 to $103.98.

* China's March crude oil imports from Iran fell 54.1 percent from a year earlier to 253,302 barrels per day, customs data showed, due to pricing disputes over term contracts, with Beijing boosting shipments from elsewhere to fill the gap. [ID:nL3E8FN5SJ]

* Sunoco Inc announced exclusive talks with private equity firm Carlyle Group LP on a potential joint venture to run the biggest refinery on the U.S. East Coast, saying it would delay a planned closure of the Philadelphia plant by a month. [ID:nL2E8FN1M7]

* Greece's ruling partners, the only two major parties that back the EU/IMF bailout plan, could gather just enough votes to form a coalition government, the last polls to be published before the election on May 6 showed. [ID:nL6E8FKHDF]

* Leading world economies on Friday pledged $430 billion in new funding for the International Monetary Fund, more than doubling its lending power in a bid to protect the global economy from the euro-zone debt crisis. [ID:nL2E8FK0TS]

SOYBEAN CBOT- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on profit-taking and long liquidation after a 2 percent rally on Friday.

* Spillover weakness from U.S. crude oil futures added pressure.

* Robust export demand for U.S. soybeans and concerns about the size of South America's soy harvest continue to underpin the market. USDA confirmed sales of 165,000 tonnes of U.S. soybeans to an unknown destination for 2011/12 delivery.

* However, USDA reported export inspections of U.S. soybeans in the latest week at 12.005 million bushels, well below trade expectations for 21 million to 24 million bushels.

* Large speculators boosted their net long position in CBOT soybeans to a record 209,907 contracts as of last Tuesday, CFTC data showed, leaving the market vulnerable to long liquidation. [ID:nL2E8FKBQ0]

* A Reuters poll of 10 analysts indicated the USDA on Monday would show U.S. 2012 soybean planting at a record 4 percent complete. USDA has only released its estimate of soybean planting for the third week in April once before, in 2007. [nL2E8FN4FE]

* Dry weather this week in the Midwest should allow rapid corn and soybean planting followed by rainfall by the weekend and a potential cold snap.

* Analysts at Celeres said Brazil's soybean harvest reached 93 percent of the crop area as of April 20, up from 88 percent a week earlier. Sales rose to 75 percent of the total expected
production, from 72 percent the prior week. [ID:nL2E8FN73P]

* Trade expects Statistics Canada to project record-large canola seedings in its planting intentions report on Tuesday. The average estimate for Canadian canola seedings among analysts surveyed by Reuters was 20.6 million acres. [ID:nL2E8FDASE]

FCPO- KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil fell on Monday after a slew of European indicators signaled a faster rate of economic contraction and limited hopes for a strong recovery in growth.

Losses, however, were limited by expectations that big food consumers will lift demand for the tropical oil in the wake of higher soyoil prices after droughts crimped South America's soy crop.

The palm oil market has gained more than 9 percent this year on strong food demand, lower stocks in No.2 producer Malaysia and weaker global edible oil production after a drought hurt South American soy crops.

"The purchasing managers' indexes for the euro zone were rather dismal and that triggered a knee-jerk reaction in financial markets. Palm oil was not spared because some dealers wanted to book some profits," said a trader with a foreign commodities brokerage.

Benchmark July palm oil futures on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange dropped 0.7 percent to close at 3,475 ringgit ($1,133) per tonne.

Traded volumes stood at 26,086 lots of 25 tonnes each, a tad higher than the usual 25,000 lots.

Although weaker Purchasing Manager Indexes for Germany, France and the euro zone has dampened hopes for a strong global economic recovery, some traders were focusing on tighter edible oil supplies that may be inadequate to sate food demand.

Argentina cut its official estimate for this year's soy crop last Thursday, and many traders expect the U.S. Agriculture

Department to slash its own estimates in its supply-and-demand report due early next month.

Argentina's Agriculture Ministry has pegged the soy crop at 42.9 million tonnes, compared to the latest USDA estimate of 45 million tonnes. A reduced soy crop for crushing into soyoil will tip demand over to palm oil. [ID:nL2E8FJBMW]

As a result, Malaysian palm oil exports for April 1-20 fell 5.3 percent from a month earlier, a marked improvement from a 13.5 percent drop in the first 15 days of this month due in part to stronger demand from India.

REGIONAL EQUITY- April 23 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian markets extended losses on Monday for a third day running on renewed worries over the euro zone debt crisis and further signs of weakness in European economies.

Singapore <.FTSTI> fell 1.1 percent to a near two-week low in thin trade and Thailand <.SETI> eased 0.4 percent from a two-week high, led by energy shares.

Indonesia <.JKSE> ended down 0.6 percent at a one-week low in heavy volume, with $7.2 million of foreign outflows, after credit rating agency Standard and Poor's said it was not prepared to upgrade the country's sovereign rating to investment grade status, as had been widely expected.

S&P maintained its positive outlook on the rating, but said it was concerned by signs of "policy slippages". [ID:nL3E8FN279]

Despite $28.6 million of foreign inflows, Malaysia <.KLSE> fell 0.5 percent to its lowest since March 26, while Vietnam <.VNI> edged down 0.1 percent in light volume.

Bucking the trend, the Philippines <.PSI> inched up 0.1 percent in improved volume compared to the market's 30-day average volume.

Regional markets reacted positively to a survey that showed China's factory activity was stabilising, but were hit by late selling as European markets and U.S. stock futures fell.

Vegetable Glycerin | Hand & Body Lotion - clears the thirst of the skin

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If you are alive, healthy skin, you feel better. Your skin is a living, breathing organ and should be well maintained. As we age cell renewal slows and the skin begins to dry. Visit the old remedies of nature, plants and vegetables, ingredients, if you are looking for a quality product and personalized service. Applying moisturizer for hands and skin care of their elasticity and prevent premature aging of the skin. Some of the skinButter and nourishing oils, hand and body lotion are as follows:

• The Shea Butter: Forms a breathable, waterproof membrane and a leader in natural product moisture. Natural shea butter contains high amounts of vitamin A and E help repair skin damage. Shea butter is widely used to protect the skin against UV rays and skin softening and healing cracked and ancient known. It also provides some reliefitchy skin. Find natural shea butter ingredients, or use a natural filter to remove contaminants in the plant world is not refined shea butter is generally good. Refining, shea butter that is lighter and a nutty flavor or smoke. If you read the label the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) name, see Butyrospermum Parkin.

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· Cocoa Butter: A soothingComponents, reduces dryness and improves skin elasticity. Cocoa butter is a yellow vegetable fat most often used to soften the skin. These solid "at room temperature, but melts on contact with skin. The production of cocoa and cocoa butter in chocolate. E 'is known to prevent and reduce stretch marks, protect dry, chapped skin, helps skin Clearly irritated treatment wrinkles on the neck, mouth and grains, and adds a firming agent in skin careProducts. INCI name for Cocoa Butter Theobroma cacao.

Hand & Body Lotion - clears the thirst of the skin

· Oil Sunflower: Vitamin E provides over other vegetable oils and vitamins A and "smoothing property and hand creams and skin absorbs light, a great herbal oil massage very old. It softens and moisturizes the skin and recommended for dry, damaged skin and annual. INCI name for sunflower, HelianthusAnnuus.
• Jojoba (pronounced Ho Ho Ba), olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil and almond oil with a hand cream and body bonus. Each has its own characteristics, which are positive on the skin. Jojoba oil is especially good for mature skin, while grapeseed oil is often recommended for oily skin and acne. Avocado oil penetrates the skin easily and is suitable for most of the skin with almond oil.

Other ingredients to note:
· Vegetable Glycerin: It skincare properties, which softens and soothes the skin. It is hygroscopic, which means it attracts moisture from the air, and supports the epidermis layer of skin to bind moisture to the outside. Mixtures of animal or vegetable . Rather, coconut oil, or glycerin from vegetable oils, palm oil. INCI name glycerin> Glycerol.
Emulsifying · Wax: If you have ever had a bottle of cream that can be purchased because of the amount absence or inadequacy of an emulsifier. hair care products in the oil and water, which was not an easy task. The addition of an emulsifier are connected to the oil and water, and a thickener. And creams for at least six different types of emulsifiers can be added, but I prefer vegetable emulsifierCera. Emulsifying wax oils, vegetable or mineral, so it is possible to buy the cream of the person seeking an application or oil platforms. INCI name for Emulsifying Wax NF, or emulsifying wax, Cetearyl Alcohol & Ceteareth 20th
Stearic · (Palm): Like Emulsifying wax stearic acid used as a thickener emulsify, bind, and stabilize lotions and body. Stearic acid is found naturally in animal fats and vegetable, butthrough hydrogenation to convert the final product. I prefer the stearic acid to 100% Palm derived, and substances added, emulsifiers or other means. The INCI name for stearic acid, stearic acid.

· Extracts of rosemary oil (ROE): Acts as a natural antioxidant, a natural preservative that reduces the rate of oxidation in oils that oxidize quickly and extends the life of the lotion. Natural materials, such as ROE shows antimicrobialActivities, but are generally not sufficient for his need for extra protection, and a broad-spectrum conservative. The INCI name of RE, Rosemary officinalis (rosemary) extract.

· Cosmocil CQ Optiphen: Some lotions and body butter contains no water, but most of the liquid and water-based preservatives to prevent bacterial products. Both CQ and Optiphen Cosmocil preferred because it is gentle and effectivePreservatives, no parabens and formaldehyde are not divided. Cosmocil CQ is commonly used in baby wipes and solutions for contact lenses. CQ INCI Cosmocil water polyaminopropyl biguanide and the INCI name is Optiphen phenoxyethanol, glycol Caprylyl. creams and lotions and some commercial businesses are sometimes filled with condoms to stay fresh for a long period. Without preservatives to prolong the life of the cream, and get rid of bacteria helpBut sometimes, a condom, and the problems of unhealthy skin used. Some commonly used preservatives or parabens or formaldehyde. Germaben (INCI: Propylene glycol, Diazolidinyl urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben), Liquid Germall Plus (INCI: propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, carbamate, Iodopropynl) LiquaPar Optima (INCI: phenoxyethanol, methyl-isopropyl-paraben, isobutylparaben, Butylparaben ) and Phenonip (INCI: phenoxyethanol, methylparaben,Ethylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben) parabens preservatives.

· Oil essential and fragrance oils: There is much controversy these days, phthalates, fragrance oils and creams, the body because most of the fragrance oils added. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends that the study did not assess the phthalates in toys and toy manufacturers remove phthalatessoft rattles and teethers, to continue his investigation. (Cpsc.gov /). The essential oils of herbs and flowers, of course, but there are some that are not used on the skin (eg clove oil). In addition, certain essential oils, avoiding the sun, and if you are pregnant. Some people, you smell of essential oils, or skin irritation.
If you see a product new skin care, try a small amount of the inner arm, if irritationrecommended. They are sensitive or irritation, use of space and vegetable oil, water and dry not to reduce irritation.
A good hand and body lotion on vegetable oils and butter, but not necessarily contain a large number of them. This is not for the rich ingredients to work. If the cream is flavored with essential oils or use unscented or scented with essential oils for you. They should not be a skin creamSticky and can easily be applied several times a day, if necessary, especially if you frequently wash their hands.
If you are looking for a quality product and personal care, research and read the label on the order of the list of ingredients is important. The ingredients are listed in descending order, if the first part of the hand and body cream, sunflower oil, for example, a greater quantity of oil, the otherIngredients.
African healers, shea butter for thousands of years and know the burns, stretch marks and drought for many years, the natural oils from the skin, because these vitamins, minerals, lipids and proteins. To quench your thirst, dry skin and skin young and healthy as you deserve, and that the nature and find moisturizing hand and body lotion is an old remedy.
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RTRS- Brazil gov't says not halting, slowing soy exports

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BRASILIA, April 20 (Reuters) - Brazil's government has no plans to either halt or slow exports of soy, its single most valuable agricultural export, the agriculture ministry said on Friday after such rumors sent Chicago soy futures to a 7-1/2 month high.

The grains market was abuzz with talk that this year's smaller soy harvest in Brazil, which was shrunk by a long spell of drought, had prompted the world's No. 2 soy producer to impose an export ban or restriction.

"Absolutely not. The government didn't take any decision which would restrict soy exports," Benedito rosa, director of commercial affairs at the Agriculture Ministry said.

The head of the National Association of Grains exporters, Anec, Sergio Mendes, told Reuters it was an unfounded rumor and that Brazil continued seeking to maximize its shipments of the oilseed.

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DJI- NEW YORK, April 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks mostly rose on Friday, led by solid earnings from McDonald's, General Electric and Microsoft, but declines in banks and technology shares pulled indexes from their day's highs.

The Nasdaq Composite fell as SanDisk Corp led a drop in semiconductor shares with an 11.3 percent slide after its second revenue warning in as many quarters.

Apple Inc's more than 2.4 percent fall also weighed, as shares continue to struggle ahead of earnings next week. Apple shares posted back-to-back weekly declines of more than 4 percent for the first time since late December 2008.

As earnings season moves into high gear, the first wave of corporate results has been substantially stronger than expected. About 81 percent of S&P 500 companies that have reported so far have beat expectations, according to Thomson Reuters data.

The impressive rate of beats comes amid lowered expectations, but the earnings have helped stocks regain their footing after a recent pullback on less-than-inspiring U.S. economic figures and renewed worry about Europe's debt crisis.

Analysts said the weakness heading into Friday's close was in part because of caution ahead of an early indicator of China's industrial activity, expected late Sunday.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.DJI> rose 65.16 points, or 0.50 percent, to 13,029.26. The S&P 500 Index <.SPX> gained 1.61 points, or 0.12 percent, to 1,378.53. The Nasdaq Composite <.IXIC> dropped 7.11 points, or 0.24 percent, to 3,000.45.

For the week, the Dow gained 1.4 percent, the S&P 500 added 0.6 percent and the Nasdaq fell 0.4 percent, down for a third week running.


NYMEX-NEW YORK, April 20 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures rose for the first time in three days on Friday, lifted by better-than-expected data on German business sentiment that helped ease worries about the euro zone debt crisis and improve the outlook for oil demand.

Front-month May crude futures expired and their successor, June , gained more than 1 percent, heading towards $104. Volumes were light.

* On the New York Mercantile Exchange, crude for May delivery expired and settled at $103.05 a barrel, gaining 78 cents, or 0.76 percent. For the week, it edged up 22 cents, or 0.21 percent, after a loss of 48 cents, at $102.83, in the week to April 13.

* NYMEX June crude closed at $103.88, up $1.16, or 1.13 percent, trading between $102.86 and $104.68.

* German business sentiment unexpectedly rose for the sixth consecutive month in April, data from the Ifo think tank showed. Ifo's business climate index, based on a poll of 7,000 companies, inched up to 109.9 from March's 109.8 and marked the highest level since July 2011. [ID:nL6E8FK2L6]

* Iran is exporting 2.1 million barrels per day of crude oil, compared to an average of 2.3 million bpd in the last Iranian year ended March 19, Platts quoted Iranian oil officials as saying. [ID:nL6E8FK51W]

* European Union member governments could review in the next two months an embargo on Iranian oil imports due to take effect in July, a senior EU official said. [ID:nB5E8EK02J]

 
CBOT SOYBEAN- Soybean futures at the Chicago Board of Trade soared more than 2 percent and set a 7-1/2-month high as worries that South America's soy harvest was shrinking sparked technical buying, traders said.

The market surged to its highest spot price since Aug. 31, 2011, in the closing seconds of trade. Nearby contracts led deferreds on ideas that crop losses in South America would steer near-term export demand to the United States. Talk of poor yields in the ongoing

Argentine soybean harvest raised concerns that USDA in its next monthly report would again lower its Argentine soy crop forecast from its current 45 million tonnes. The Argentine government on Thursday cut its soybean production estimate to 42.9 million tonnes, from 44 million previously. Rumors of fresh sales of U.S. soybeans to China added support. The late-day surge helped CBOT soybeans to finish the week about 1 percent higher, the market's fourth straight weekly rise. CBOT May options expired at the close on Friday.


FCPO- SINGAPORE, April 20 (Reuters) - Malaysian palm oil futures reversed earlier losses to end higher on Friday on last minute buying, although traders remained wary over the weak global economy and slowing export data.

Buying surged in the last half hour of trading and sometraders said this was due to the weak performance this week that prompted investors to close out their short positions to book profits.

Despite closing higher on Friday, palm oil still recorded a slight 0.3 percent weekly loss as investors were held back by disappointing jobless U.S. data, while worries about the euro zone persisted despite a better-than-expected Spanish bond auction. [ID:nL2E8FJ25I]

"The buying came in the last half an hour (of trading), we saw an obvious trend that market will close higher, and all of us were a bit apprehensive of selling," said a trader with a foreign commodities brokerage in Malaysia.

Tight soybean supply in drought-hit South America remained a bullish factor for palm oil. On Thursday, Argentina's government cut its soy production estimates to more than 10 percent below last year's harvest levels. [ID:nL2E8FJBMW]

On the demand side, cargo surveyor Intertek Testing Services said exports for April 1-20 fell 5.6 percent to 844,453 tonnes, in which exports for by-products such as refined palm stearin and palm fatty acid distillate were observably lower than a month ago. [PALM/ITS]

Another cargo surveyor Societe Generale de Surveillance reported a similar 5.3 percent fall in exports for the same period from a month ago. [PALM/SGS]

REGIONAL EQUITY- April 20 (Reuters) - Most Southeast Asian markets fell on Friday after disappointing U.S. data stirred doubts about the strength of its economic recovery, and on renewed concerns over the euro zone debt crisis.

Singapore <.FTSTI> ended 0.5 percent lower, falling from a two-week high in thin trade, while Malaysia <.KLSE> fell 0.3 percent to a three-week low despite $14.19 million of inflows.

The Philippines <.PSI> and Vietnam fell 0.3 percent each.

Bucking the trend, Thailand <.SETI> gained 0.8 percent to its highest since April 4, led by information and technology shares.

Indonesia <.JKSE> rose 0.4 percent to its highest since April 3, with $16.7 million of inflows. Trade was heavy, with top lender Bank Mandiri gaining 1.4 percent.

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