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Indonesia shakes palm oil market again, eyeing biodiesel over exports

Jakarta pushes to boost domestic use as EU steps up deforestation battle

A worker collects fresh fruit bunches during harvest at a palm oil plantation in Indonesia.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Indonesia has sent new shock waves through the palm oil industry as it devotes more to domestic use, less than one year after its brief ban on exports propelled international prices on a roller coaster ride.

Jakarta this month mandated a higher blend of palm oil-based fuel in biodiesel, leaving less for exports.

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