InfoSAWIT, PALEMBANG – The plan which Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) followed up to Steering Committee about the supports in smallholders replanting program (SRP) which delivered only Rp 30 million per hectare to be Rp 60 million per hectare is welcome by the smallholders in South Sumatera Province.
Until now the smallholders there still face many issues, such as, superior palm oil seeds are difficult to get, the increasing infrastructure price, the partnership, and additional fund to get.
According to data of Ministry of Agriculture, SRP realization in 2021 reached 15,41 percent or about 27,747 hectares of the target 180 thousand hectares while in 2022 it is the last year to realize 540 thousand hectares. By 24 February 2022, SRP realization just reached di 1.199 hectares or 0,67 percent.
Analyst of PSP Madya Plantation Agency of South Sumatera Province, H Rudi Arpian said, based on statistic, in 2021 palm oil plantations in the province laid about 1.233.259 hectares. The numbers consist of 58% main plantations, 25% plasma and 17% independent ones.
“The target and realization based on the technical recommendation in SRP in South Sumatera Province from 2017 to 2021 reached 44.998 hectares,” he said through Whatsapp that InfoSAWIT got, Friday (19/8/2022).
Rudi Arpian also mentioned, the plan to the increasing fund in SRP reaching Rp 60 million per ID within the maximal plantations four hectares would accelerate the SRP program in the province which now reaches 21.214 hectares.
“The fund support about Rp 60 million per ha would deliver good advantages from SRP to the smallholders to get in the institution and cooperation or koperasi unit desa. There would be guarantee to implement sustainable palm oil business,” he said.
It would enable them to escalate their plantation productivity, implement intercrops in their plantations, understand more about technical cultivation in palm oil. “Their fresh fruit bunch (FFB) selling would be coordinated through the institutions which are in partnership with mills, and the last is that the smallholders would be more discipline to report and in charge in the program,” Rudi said. (T2)