InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The cheap fresh fruit bunch (FFB) produced by the smallholders in the past three months really concerned them. Knowing this issue, the government keeps trying to improve it so that the smallholders could remain welfare in the situation they are facing.
Vice President of Indonesian Republic, K.H. Ma’ruf Amin said, the government always notices the condition by doing something to solve one side, but other side has impact too.
“This is what we should do and then improve what we have done,” he said when having the audience of Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Apkasindo) in his official office in Jakarta, Thursday (28/07/2022).
The Vice President told, the government did some concrete ways to make smallholders’ FFB more expensive, such as what Minister of Finance published.
“The regulation published by Minister of Finance that eliminated CPO and its derivative export levy is now running. The policy came up after hearing what the smallholders claimed,” Ma’aruf Amin said and continued about the new domestic market obligation which the companies should distribute palm cooking oil to get export rights and export acceleration for CPO and its derivatives.
In the downstream sector, he continued, there was meeting led by President Joko Widodo on 17 July 2022 about to construct mini CPO mill in cooperation – base by hoping that it would make smallholders’ FFF price better and the smallholders should not depend on big-scale mills.
“We discussed about palm oil downstream development about the proposal to construct mini CPO mill and red palm oil mill in cooperation – base. It is hoped, this would be solution for the smallholders to escalate the price and FFB selling volume. But it is being discussed still,” Ma’aruf said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (28/7/2022).
He also suggested the coordinators of Apkasindo to monitor every policy in the field and should contribute to increase human resource quality of the smallholders themselve and the two things (policy and human resource development) would be running well in the same time.
“We hope, Apkasindo keeps supporting smallholders’ quality by developing, training, consulting, business managing, technology mastery to improve production system, quality control, and so on,” he suggested.
Prior, Chairman of Apkasindo, Gulat M.E. Manurung told, what the government did to eliminate export levy would deliver the positive and the smallholders get the impact.
“It means, we are surviving for meeting Vice President, K.H. Ma’aruf Amin. After eliminating export levy per 15 July, our FFB which was about Rp 800 per kilogram, alhamdulillah, I myself checked from 22 provinces, it is about Rp 1.700 per kilogram. Alhamdulillah, Sir, it is incredible. That is 100 percent,” he said. (T2)