Jambi and Other Stakeholders Boost ISPO and RSPO Certification

Jambi and Other Stakeholders Boost ISPO and RSPO Certification

InfoSAWIT, JAMBI - Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Jambi Province, districts, and local organization launched memorandum of understanding (MoU) to escalate smallholders’ inclusion in sustainable ecosystem through Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification scheme.

In 2021, data published by Ministry of Agriculture showed that the independent smallholders in the province reached more than 290 thousand families. The province was the third biggest independent smallholders after Riau and South Sumatera. The MoU itself was running on 11 May 2022 and showed that every part has the same way to support many independent smallholders to be involved in sustainable palm oil trade knowing that only few independent smallholders get the sustainable certificate until now.

Referring to the data, though the smallholders cultivate 40% of total palm oil plantations in Indonesia to produce, not more than 1% of them got RSPO or ISPO certificate.

That is why the program is hoped to support them to implement ISPO certificate in Jambi and obey every available regulation in Indonesia.

“This is the first pilot project of RSPO scheme by advantaging the regulations published by the government to encourage and support sustainable practices in palm oil production by the smallholders and we hope, this could really and effectively involve them,” Guntur Cahyo Prabowo, Senior Manager RSPO Smallholder Programme Indonesia said in a hybrid even in Jambi which InfoSAWIT joined.

He also mentioned, the cooperation with the government and other parties, including the scheme, standard, or initiatives in national scale should solve every structural obstacle for the smallholders and confirm policy enforcement consistently to encourage the big scale changes.

“Through the good relationship with the government, RSPO does it best to bridge between the government and other related stakeholders that have something to do with policy, resource, and technical knowledge needed to get policy and certified sustainable practice go forward,” Guntur said.

In the same shot, Director of Plantation Product Marketing and Process, General Directorate of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Dedi Junaedi told, ISPO certificate in the country level would deliver the way to get more sustainable palm oil production and the collaboration with other stakeholders is the future to encourage sustainable changes which are systemic and could escalate palm oil competition from Indonesia.

Head of Plantation Agency Jambi Province, Agus Rizal told the narrower areas and the minimal production by the independent smallholders would deliver good chances to escalate their certified palm oil production significantly from the available planted areas. (T2)