InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Many smallholders face issues, such as, the low plantation productivity and also sustainability. But everything has solution when implementing smallholders replanting program (SRP).
That was discussed in a webinar the 6th series with the theme “Dampak Positif Program Sarpras dan Pengembangan SDM Bagi Petani Sawit” held by plantation media supported by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA).
Head of Plantation Agency Jambi Province, Agus Rizal said, there are many advantages when implementing SRP. At least, he continued, there are 6 advantages from the program that the government proposed, such as, the first, the smallholders would have the institution.
“SRP is implemented by the smallholders’ institution. It would make the institutions active again and becomes the place to tell what the smallholders inspired,” Agus said.
The second, it would guarantee sustainable palm oil business. The smallholders’ plantations to be in SRP would follow the new planting standards in zero fire. The seeds are guaranteed for planting certified ones, the nursery and fertilization would be in technical standards.
The third, there would be increasing plantation productivity. When proposing SRP if the smallholders’ plantations are about 30 years old and the productivity reached 1.000 kg per hectare per month, if implementing SRP by planting certified seeds, and good nursery/fertilization, at 28 months of age, the plantation productivity could be reaching 750 Kg per hectare per month.
"The fourth, there would be intercrops in palm oil plantations. Having SRP, the smallholders are suggested to manage their plantations better by planting intercrops with food plantations to get additional values,” he mentioned.
The fifth, the smallholders would know better about good agricultural practices. They would understand and manage their plantation business in technical cultivation standards. The sixth, fresh fruit bunch trade would be done by the institution in partnership with the mills. The seventh, they would be discipline in administration, such as, in report, and responsibility to manage SRP fund,” Agus told.
But the smallholders face some issues to propose SRP implementation. The most crucial issue is that their plantations are claimed to be in forest regions. (T2)