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Smallholders: Proposed 4 Things that Taskforce for Improving Palm Oil Industrial Governance Can be Trusted



Smallholders: Proposed 4 Things that Taskforce for Improving Palm Oil Industrial Governance Can be Trusted

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – General Secretary of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Mansuetus Darto did appreciate and support President Joko Widodo to re-manage palm oil industries namely in the country’s revenue after the publication of Decision of President of Indonesian Republic Number 9 / 2023 about Taskforce for Improving Palm Oil Industrial Governance and Optimizing the Country’s revenue.

He thought in order that the taskforce can be trusted, it should be transparent. Why? Because he said, the first, the previous audit from Badan Pengawas Keuangan dan Pembangunan (BPKP) was never told to the public. Many things were untouchable in audit process.

“Such as, the companies’ responsibility to the people, and smallholders. That is why in their duties, the taskforce should be transparent, involve the public namely civil organizations and smallholders’ institutions,” he said to InfoSAWIT, Monday (17/4/2023)

The second, the taskforce should be careful to determine the country’s revenue because palm oil plantations may not be the same width with the reality. Many companies have concession areas that enlarged plantations more than business rights. It raised conflicts. If using business rights’ documents, the revenue would potentially get lost.

The third, the taskforce needs to recognize individual growers. every people of Indonesia can only cultivate palm oil plantations that laid about 25 hectares in maximal. Some individuals could cultivate about 50 – 200 hectares but they hide behind the name of smallholder. They are actually businessmen to avoid taxes.

The last, from the utilization, if the country’s revenue from tax gets increasing from palm oil industries, it is hoped to get new portion of palm oil profit sharing and should be distributed in 2023. “The taskforce could escalate profit sharing to many smallholders,” he said. (T2)


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