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Smallholders Told Chairman of Indonesian Representative: Save 17 Million of Smallholders and Labors

Smallholders Told Chairman of Indonesian Representative: Save 17 Million of Smallholders and Labors

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Many smallholders and labors in Jaringan Petani Sawit Nasional (JPSN) asked for the Chairman of Indonesian Representative, AA LaNyalla Mahmud Mattalitti to help and save 17 million smallholders and labors which have been in trouble in the past two months.

They told it when having audience with LaNyalla in the office of Indonesian Representative at Komplek Parlemen, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (8/8/2022). Coordinator of JPSN, Saoduan Sitorus; General Secretary of JPSN, Budi Darmansyah; and I Nyoman Suta one smallholder from Bangka Belitung Province.

LaNyalla was with the representatives from Lampung, Bustami Zainudin and from West kalimantan, Sukiryanto, and also the Special Staff of Indonesian Representative, Sefdin Syaifudin.

Coordinator of JPSN, Soaduon Sitorus asked for the help to vocalize what the smallholders are facing to the government. “We need attention and the government should help by realizing the profitable regulation (for the smallholders),” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Monday (8/8/2022).

He thought, the smallholders are in misery ever since crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative, and palm cooking oil export ban ran on 28 April 2022.

"When CPO got better in the globe, all of a sudden, the government published a regulation to stop the trade supply chain in the globe. This impacted to palm oil industries, namely the smallholders that are vulnerable in the upstream supply chain,” he said. Though the government revoked the export ban, the smallholders’ fresh fruit bunch (FFB) gets significantly cheaper from Rp 4.000/kg to be Rp 600/kg. “What will we eat if FFB is that cheap? It needs to calculate the harvest, transportation, fertilizer, and other costs,” he said.

The cheap FFB, he continued, might happen for the government substituted it by publishing regulations which become the burden for the other stakeholders, postpone and disrupt the trade. “The trade supply chain does not recover but gets paralyzed longer and impacts to palm oil markets in the globe,” he said.

AA LaNyalla Mahmud Mattalitti would struggle for the aspiration and would follow up the issue to Committee II which deals with plantations.

“I do agree that the government should publish the general regulation to protect the smallholders which should be available for the smallholders themselves and the companies as well,” he said. (T2)