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BABE BUN: Make Sure that Palm Oil Seeds Are Available to Escalate Production



BABE BUN: Make Sure that Palm Oil Seeds Are Available to Escalate Production

InfoSAWIT, MAKASSAR - General Director of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, Andi Nur Alam Syah said that his side is improving the old, broken, unproductive trees by replanting or rehabilitating those, such as, in palm oil sector by conducting smallholders replanting program.

But it needs big budget to implement it, starting from the digging old or broken trees, preparing certified seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, workers, nursery and others.

"General Directorate of Plantation is very serious to prepare qualified plantation seeds to support and escalate production, additional values, and competition of plantation industries. It is realized by conducting procurement, monitoring, and distribution seed system in Bank Benih Perkebunan (BABE BUN),” he said as in official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.

He thought BABE BUN exists to provide plantation seeds and should not depend on national budget anymore. National and regional budgets always get decreasing in numbers while the budget to improve plantation trees would be massive.

“Seeds in plantation cultivation would cover 40% of the total investment. The decreasing numbers in national budget managed highly uncertain budget to procure seeds. This would lead to minor seed procurement business in seed producers,” Andi Nur said. (T2)


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