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The Regulation: Palm Oil Areas Are Limited but the Facts?

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The Regulation: Palm Oil Areas Are Limited but the Facts?

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The maximal palm oil plantations for the companies (stakeholders) namely in Business Rights, have been regulated in the Regulation of Minister of Agriculture (RMA) Number 98 / 2013 about the Guidelines of Plantation Business Permit which is the substitution of RMA Number 26 / 2007.

RMA Number 98/2013 regulates about the area width for plantation business. Chapter 17 paragraph (1) about Izin Usaha Perkebunan untuk Budidaya (IUUP-B) as it is in Chapter 8, is for, 1 (one) company or group of plantation companies within the widest areas based on kind(s) of plantation.

Chapter 17, paragraph (2) regulates that Plantation Business Permit as it is in Chapter 10 paragraph (2), is for, 1 (one) company or group of plantation company within the widest areas for palm oil commodity at 100.000 hectares, tea 20.000 hectares, and sugarcane 150.000 hectares.

The exception is regulated in Chapter 17, paragraph 3 which is, the widest areas as it is in paragraph (1) and paragraph (2) are not available for Enterprises, Regional Enterprises, Cooperation, plantation company within the status (go public) which most of the areas belong to the people. Chapter 17, paragraph (4) regulates about the width as it is in paragraph (3) which the numbers of plantation business permits is for, 1 (one) plantation commodity.

General Secretary of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Mansuetus Darto said, it is clear that the maximal width for plantation business is firmly regulated in RMA Number 98/2013.

“That is why, the follow up of the investigation or research by Komisi Pengawas Persaingan Usaha (KPPU) should be legal enforcement and the government itself should support it. The country should not fail. It is not about monitoring, supervision, or evaluation,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.

He mentioned, the supervision and evaluation can run but there have been many instruments from the government’s policies which should actually evaluate the permit and plantation business rights in palm oil moratorium, peat moratorium, and others. The civil also reported many cases happening in the field.

“From the evaluation result, there should be follow up by realizing legal enforcement based on the findings in the field to what the stakeholders did,” he said.

He continued, if the government plans to audit the same issues about permit and business rights, or people’s plantation development at least 20%, the investigation that KPPU or civil organizations are doing, should be accommodated and prioritized to deliver law enforcement.

“What the government is doing should involve many sides which concentrate to the field issues in palm oil plantation. The audit should be not only legal aspect because the upstream sectors cover many, namely to the people’s plantations which are inseparable to support sustainable palm oil,” he said. (T2)