SRP Acceleration in Banten: Drone Would Support the Mapping Process

SRP Acceleration in Banten: Drone Would Support the Mapping Process

InfoSAWIT, BANTEN – Palm oil plantations have been developing since 1970s but they started developing in 1981. At the period, the plantations were developed in perkebunan inti rakyat (PIRBUN) system, and in 1990s they massively developed.

Until 2014 there had been 7.745 hectares of palm oil plantations in Banten Province within 10.133 tons of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) per year, hired about 7.601 families; Perkebunan Besar Negara (PBN) covered 9.795 hectares and 17.254 tons of FFB per year; the big private plantations covered 20.261 hectares and 34.466 ton of FFB per year.

Smallholders replanting program (SRP) in Banten Province has been running since 2017 but it did not significantly deliver the impact. SRP is hoped not only to substitute the old trees by the new ones but also make the smallholders have better class (of economy).

To make sure and ease the plan check and mapping progress in the province, focus group discussion (FGD) was managed for the smallholders. It is hoped, there would be maps in the form of web and contain of smallholders’ data. The coordinators of Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Apkasindo) District of Lebak and Pandeglang, Banten Province were inaugurated in the FGD which was running on 7 - 9 June 2022.

Apkasindo Banten mentioned, it is important to escalate the smallholders’ degree. “Which means, besides implementing SRP, the smallholders should have capacity to sell their FFB and could process their production to be crude palm oil (CPO),” Apkasindo Banten mentioned, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (15/6/2022).

From what InfoSAWIT got, the FGD discussed about the advantages of using drone to take shot and video because it is panoramic, delivering documentation, and aerial video in the mapping. Drone also delivers photogrammetric. The drone would be about to be used from the coordinate of flight and the outcome appearance.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone is mostly used to mapping the difficult areas which was mostly used by chopper or photo satellite which spent much money. It always happens the mapping or photo by satellite got some issues, such as, the weather or distance and it would spend much (to get the result).

The mapping using drone would be more efficient and effective. The mapping survey using drone needs precision. Many tools to mapping are now available, starting from manual to digital process. One issue in the field is not how to use the tools to get field data but how to process the field data to be a communicative map. (T2)