Every Smallholders’ Issue Should be No More before ISPO Certification Process

Every Smallholders’ Issue Should be No More before ISPO Certification Process

InfoSAWIT, MEDAN - Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification is the mandatory for stakeholders and smallholders. That is why every issue that smallholders faced should be no more before conducting ISPO process.

Dedi Junaedi, Director of Plantation Product Marketing and Process, General Directorate of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture said that in online training about ISPO certification for the planters that Strengthening Palm Oil Sustainability Indonesia (SPOSI) Program of Yayasan KEHATI conducted in cooperation with Koompasia Enviro Institute at Hotel Santika Premiere Dyandra, Medan, Monday (13/6/2022).

Dedi thought, what the smallholders faced should be no more. Everything should be solved by many available instruments both about legal areas, palm oil plantations in forest regions, and others.

He answered it for many training participants questioned about what they are facing, such as, Sofian Manurung, the smallholder and also as Secretary of Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Perkebunan Inti Rakyat (Aspekpir) North Sumatera.

Manurung questioned about the claim of smallholders’ palm oil plantations in forest regions which his fellows suffer in Village of Gotting Sidodadi, Sub district of Bandar Pasir Mandoge, District of Asahan, North Sumatera Province.

The former Chairman of Koperasi Petani Kapa Sawit (KPKS) Kesepakatan said, the smallholders’ plantations have been cultivated since the early of 1990s and they got the title documents.

“This issue postponed us to join smallholders replanting program. In fact, our plantations are more than 38 years,” Manurung said to InfoSAWIT.

He also mentioned, the smallholders fight for this iusse to get solution from the authority. They once did demonstration to North Sumatera Legislators but had no solution at all. “We hope to get solution from what we are facing still,” Manurung said. (T5)