3 Conditions for Smallholders to be in Plasma

3 Conditions for Smallholders to be in Plasma

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – To escalate the smallholders’ economy through plasma program in association with smallholders replanting program (SRP) keeps running by the planters to get their productivity remain high. The development and trainings are the keys in SRP both for the smallholders, companies, regional and central governments.

Plasma Coordinator Asian Agri in Jambi, Agung Wardana said Asian Agri prepares long term partnership for the smallholders through Asian Agri 2030. “It means, in 2030 by having the main pillar, partnership, we would see how the smallholders could get welfare twice better than the first generation,” he said in webinar and live streaming “Dampak Positif Program PSR, Sarpras dan Pengembangan SDM Bagi Petani Sawit” the 6th series, that plantation media and Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency did in Jakarta.

He continued, in general there are three conditions both for the plasma and independent smallholders to get partnership with Asian Agri. The first is, they have legal institution, such as, koperasi unit desa, and association.

The second, the distance of smallholders’ plantations should be maximally 60 kilometers from Asian Agri’s operational. “Both plasma and independent smallholders’ plantations in cooperation with us are 60 kilometers maximally from our mills,” Agung said.

The third, their plantations should not be in protection regions. Asian Agri since 2010, namely the plasma, got Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and in 2013 we got International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) and also Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificates.

More than 35 years, he continued, Asian Agri runs the successful key to develop the smallholders to escalate their welfare from the plantations. First, the company commits to help them. The second, organization, harvest quality. Their fresh fruit bunch (FFB) production which should be transported to our mill should be in the best quality, starting from the plantations, calculating the FFB production per day, per month, per semester, and in a whole year.

The third, technical and non – technical training of plantation operational standards. Technical trainings in the plantations are harvesting, fertilizing, controlling weeds, diseases. Non – technical trainings are development and training in institutions, such as, koperasi unit desa (KUD); and other groups. Asian Agri did comparative study about KUD and groups, replanting in main and plasma plantations.

Chairman of Gapoktan Rambutan, Village of Sungai Bahar, District of Muaro Jambi, Jambi Province, Syukron Makmun said that in 2020 the group got SRP for about 142 hectares which have been finished and would implement the third allocation for about 118 hectares.

Syukron said, SRP really makes the economy in the village better and the smallholders are better now. SRP really makes them proud and helpful by the fund help from the government. The smallholders are not too busy in SRP.

He continued, the smallholders really need SRP to make the regional economic better where palm oil plantations develop. “We also hope, FFB price would be stable as what plasma smallholders get,” Syukron said. (T2)