InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Sekolah Lapang Kelapa Sawit (SLKS) is the program that delivered Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun as the first independent smallholders that get Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificate in regional level.
It started by the development for independent smallholders to implement good agricultural practices (GAP). The program was the cooperation among Widya Erti Indonesia (WEI), Unilever, and Daemeter Consulting which ran in 2017 to 2019.
In the program, the smallholders implemented GAP through (SLKS). After one period to conduct SLKS, 35 smallholders – the alumni of SLKS that have talent and willing to develop themselves were trained about facilitators, facilitation technic, and institution which called– the facilitator smallholders. Then the facilitator smallholders were given a shot to facilitate SLKS in the second cycle.
Then, as the solution for facilitator smallholders if they are difficult to get fertilizers, unstable fresh fruit bunch (FFB) price, and debts to middlemen, they agreed to establish Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun in 2019.
In 2020, WEI Riau and Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun started a project to reinforce their sustainable practices.
Cahyo Risambodo of WEI Riau said, reinforcement project is the way to help independent smallholder to increase their sustainable practices to be ready in getting RSPO certificate.
“The project would be for two years, from 2020 to 2022 with the main target, Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun in District of Indragiri Hulu, Riau Province,” he said to InfoSAWIT.
Cahyo also mentioned, WEI developed to fulfill principles and criteria of RSPO certificate to the members of Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun in February 2020 until they get RSPO certificate.
In the period, they prepared the terms and conditions to get RSPO certificate, including the audit process which ran in August 2021. To smooth the sustainable practices for those who joined RSPO certificate, they also signed documents that commits to implement what becomes the principles, criteria, and indicators in RSPO.
For more, please read InfoSAWIT, January 2022