JAKARTA – Hundreds of Indonesian smallholder farmers demonstrated in Jakarta and other regions of the world’s fourth most populous country on Tuesday, asking that the government lift a restriction on palm oil exports that has reduced their income.

Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil exporter, has banned shipments of crude palm oil and several of its derivative products since April 28 in an effort to control skyrocketing local cooking oil prices, upsetting global vegetable oil markets.

Farmers conducted a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, which leads government policy, marching beside a truck loaded with palm oil fruit.

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