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Study of Social – Sustainability of Palm Oil Industries

Study of Social – Sustainability of Palm Oil Industries

InfoSAWIT, MEDAN – Academy from Study Program of Rural Development Plan of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB), Hania Rahma said, there are not many researches and academic studies about social – sustainability of palm oil industries.

Hania told that when moderating focus group discussion (FGD) with the them “Analisis Keberlanjutan Sosial Industri Minyak Sawit, Studi Kasus PT X di Provinsi Sumatera Utara” which is being studied to thesis research by Zulfi, as post-graduate student in IPB.

It was running for a half day in the hall of Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit (PPKS) Medan, Wednesday (3/8/2022) noon, which some experts and practitioners in palm oil industries attended.

The researcher in PPKS Medan, Zulfi Prima Sani Nasution in his description told, many social aspects in palm oil plantations in North Sumatera in his thesis, such as, land issue, child labor, female, society around palm oil plantations, labors, smallholders around the companies, and others.

Plantation labor activist, Herwin Nasution, for instance, claimed, Zulfi’s research and thesis would become the social discussion reference in palm oil industries.

He told, child labor issue in palm oil industries that the children helped their parents in palm oil plantations are claimed to be meant as social approach.

“Such statement could be a defense from palm oil plantation industries. If the children help their parents by picking up seeds or lifting up fresh fruit bunch, it means, the salary of the labors (in palm oil plantations) is not enough while the labors’ work is very difficult, hard, and should be helped by the labor’s wife or children,” the man called Mas Don, said in the discussion where InfoSAWIT attended.

Zulfi, as a researcher in PPKS Medan and post-graduate student in IPB in the end of the discussion promised to take every input from the stakeholders and practitioners in palm oil industries in North Sumatera.

He just wanted, his thesis would be as subjective as possible to deliver advantages and improvement in social – sustainability in palm oil industries in Indonesia, particularly in North Sumatera. (T5)

This article was published at sumatera.infosawit.com with the title © Peneliti PPKS Medan Berupaya Uraikan Problem Keberlanjutan Sosial Industri Sawit.