InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Chairman of Board of Supervisor Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Apkasindo), Moeldoko said that smallholders’ palm oil plantations in forest regions would be the main issue to get smallholders replanting program (SRP). By the midst of 2023, SRP realization just reached 56% of the firt target that should actually lay on 500 thousand hectares.
“By the midst of 2023, SRP realizations just laid on about 280,620 hectares or 56 percent of the first target that should lay on about 500 thousand hectares. The biggest issue in SRP is that there are many smallholders’ plantations are categorized in forest regions,” he said when delivering speech in online discussion as quoted from Antara.
Moeldoko also mentioned that their plantations have low productivity between about 0,6 ton to 1,2 tons of fresh fruit bunch per hectare per month with crude palm oil (CPO) yield about 2,8 tons to 3,4 tons per hectare per year. While the corporates’ plantation productivity could reach 4,2 tons to 4,5 tons CPO per hectare per year. It means it needs SRP for the old and unproductive trees to escalate smallholders’ plantation productivity.
President Joko Widodo noticed to get SRP as the solution. But because the smallholders’ plantations are categorized in forest regions, the government should establish palm oil taskforce to the obstacle. The taskforce would improve, renew data, improve governance, verify business permits in palm oil sectors. These are about to solve the issue and escalate governance and legality.
Moeldoko also mentioned that Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificates would be the positive one but only 0,33 percent of smallholders’ plantations got ISPO certificate while the corporates got 43 percent of their plantations.
Besides SRP, the government would focus on reinforcing downstream sector through biodiesel mandatory program that has been running since 2015. It started from B15, B20, B30, and heading to B35. Indonesia planned to implement B40, B50 in the future. He said, palm oil waste would be developed to escalate renewable energy to realize net zero emission in 2060. (T2)