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Six Messages from Vice President Ma’ruf Amin for IPOA to Develop Palm Oil

Six Messages from Vice President Ma’ruf Amin for IPOA to Develop Palm Oil

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Vice President, K.H. Ma’ruf Amin emphasized that sustainable palm oil sectors should be realized sooner by implementing the best practices from every stakeholder, such as, the members of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), private companies, and related ministries/institutions. He told it when inaugurating the 11th IPOA National Conference. That is why he also told some strategic messages for the parties.

“The first, it needs to reinforce partnership between smallholders and big companies, including to realize smallholders replanting program (SRP),” he said in Istana Wakil Presiden on Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Jakarta, Friday (03/03/2023).

Vice President Ma’ruf thought, partnership which is based on advantage, sustainability, and supporting one to another should always be promoted. “We do not want that plantation productivity increases only but also the income and welfare of the smallholders should also,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Friday (3/3/2023).

The second, it needs development and guidance to get Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificate for smallholders’ plantations. This is needed to crease sustainable, environmental, and economical palm oil plantation businesses.

The third it needs to take IPOA members and palm oil plantation companies to escalate and optimize the corporate social responsibility (CSR) program for the people around the plantations, including to improve the environment, health, education, and development for the people around.

The fourth, it needs to escalate the pioneering IPOA membership to develop remoted areas by maintaining the local natural conservations. Many regions in Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi have develop because of palm oil economy,” Vice President Ma’ruf said.

The fifth, it needs to increase the people’s empowerment, for instance, IPOA could cooperate, develop, guide local religious housing to get ‘santripreneur’ in plantations and palm oil industries.

“There are about, at least, 34 thousand religious housing in Indonesia within ‘santri’ at least, 4,76 million men. About 44,2 percent of the ‘santri’ have economic potential, starting from developing micro, small, and medium business, ‘syariah economi’, agri-business, livestock, and vocational,” he said.

The sixth, encourage related ministries/institutions to immediately harmonize every regulation namely to solve plantation status in forest regions, accelerate SRP which the realization is out of target still. (T2)