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Miss the Targets, Time to Unlock Obstacles in SRP

Foto by Apriliagoverty/Sawitfest 2021/Ilustration of replanting
Miss the Targets, Time to Unlock Obstacles in SRP

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Until now smallholders replanting program (SRP) targets are not realized still. Many issues are ahead. In 2023, SRP targets get lower than those in 2020 that laid about 94 thousand hectares.

According to Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) SRP target by August 2023 just laid about 22.249 hectares (ha) or about 12,3% from 180 thousand ha in total. Compared to 2022, SRP realization in 2023 decreased.

Director of Fund Planning and Management PFMA, Kabul Wijayanto said that SRP fund that was distributed reached Rp 8,18 trillion that laid on 295.545 (ha) and involved 130.032 smallholders.

The decreasing SRP realization in 2023, as Kabul acknowledged, happened for terms and conditions qualification in the field. “The decreasing SRP targets mostly happened for terms and conditions qualification, such as, the plantations should not be developing in forest regions, protected peat regions, and there no document that the plantations in business rights,” he said in Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Palm Oil Industries with the theme "CPO Price & Economic Outlook 2023-2024," that PFMA conducted and attended by InfoSAWIT in the midst of September 2023 in Medan.

But PFMA keeps doing the best to realize SRP targets. Head of Company Division PFMA, Achmad Maulizal Sutawijaya said that his side should distribute SRP fund for those that qualified the regulation.

Not only that PFMA keeps consolidating with many instances in central and regional governments (agencies and general directorate of plantation) to make sure that SRP fund distribution would be the same with the regulations.

“PFMA encourages that general directorate of plantation should formulate memorandum of understanding (MoU) by involving legal officials to socialize it to smallholders, groups about SRP implementation. It should deliver information about law enforcement in the field,” Maulizal said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently. (T2)

for more, please read Majalah InfoSAWIT, September 2023