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Having only 32 ISPO Certificates for Smallholders, Ministry of Agriculture Would Accelerate it and Qualify Legal Terms and Conditions

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Having only 32 ISPO Certificates for Smallholders, Ministry of Agriculture Would Accelerate it and Qualify Legal Terms and Conditions

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Indonesia now faces the challenges to qualify ‘legal’ terms and conditions in independent smallholders’ palm oil plantations. From 6,7 million hectares of independent smallholders’ plantations, just 32 Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) were published for them. Ministry of Agriculture would accelerate ISPO certification for independent ones by getting cooperation with other stakeholders.

Director of Plantation Product Result and Cultivation General Directorate of Plantation Ministry, Ministry of Agriculture, Prayudi Syamsuri said that the low level of ISPO certification for independent smallholders needs acceleration while the accomplishment target smallholders’ ISPO certificate would be in 2025.

Prayudi thought that one challenge to legalize their plantations is that the indication of theirs in forest regions. There are conflicts and tenant claim from local and indigenous people about palm oil plantations. It was revealed in Focus Group Discussion (FGD) about ISPO Certification for Independent Smallholders in Jakarta on 24 May.

On the other hand, he also explained that European Union as one crude palm oil (CPO) importer from Indonesia, has implemented close regulation about deforestation. That is why it needs concrete action in order not to be blocked by their regulation.

He continued, there are four things to do to qualify European Union regulation. The first, it needs to encourage smallholders’ legal issues. The second, they have to get facility supports in ISPO certification. The third, it needs to get solution on conflict about palm oil plantation permit, and the last, it needs to acknowledge and accelerate the indigenous people’s rights.

Meanwhile, Head of Program Operation Solifdaridad, Billy M Hasbi told that there are five obstacles that blocks ISPO development for independent smallholders. The first is limited access of information about ISPO for them.

The second is there is no legal adjustment for independent smallholders. The third is the different interpretation of condition to get certification, such as, Cultivation Documents, certified seeds, SPPL, and others. The fourth is the complexity of ISPO certification process, and the last is, incentive to independent smallholders after getting ISPO certificate.

Solidaridad, through Reclaim Sustainability Palm Oil project is in cooperation with GPPI and General Directorate of Plantation to realize advocacy and ISPO development programs for independent smallholder through Resource Center Oil Palm Smallholder (ReCops).

ReCops is the center of resource or platform that provides information, helps, special supports for (independent) smallholders with the goal, empowering and helping them in sustainable practices, be responsible to escalate their life quality, and promote sustainability in social and environment in palm oil industries. (T2)