InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The member of Commission IV Indonesian Legislators, Johan Budi urged the government to immediately solve smallholders replanting program (SRP) issues to welfare them. He told data from General directorate of plantation ministry of agriculture revealed that smallholders’ palm oil plantations laid about 5,61 million hectares and 2,4 million hectares of the numbers need SRP for more than 25 years old and the productivity reached 10 tons of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) per year.
"I hope the smallholders are helped to increase their plantation productivity and get easy access in SRP program,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
Johan also mentioned, since Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) was established until 2020, SRP fund was distributed about Rp 5,3 trillion that covered up to 200,2 thousand hectares. “The numbers could be more by implementing acceleration program in SRP by cutting off every obstacle to distribute the fund,” he said.
The legislator of Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB) I also told some issues in SRP, such as, the procedures to get it are too complicated and take some time which lead the smallholders reluctant to get the program and the government tends to take partisanship with the big companies to deliver plantation fund.
“I urge the government to solve the legal issue of smallholders’ plantation, do develop their institutions, escalate the socialization of SRP,” he said.
He also hoped the government would solve overlapping palm oil plantations and other issues about forest area release because if these happen always, the smallholders’ businesses would endanger their economy and effect to the national scale. “There must be real solution for the smallholders to help them,” he said. (T2)