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SRP in West Kalimantan Province Covered 8.042 Smallholders and 18.573 Hectares

Foto by Apriliagoverty/Sawitfest 2021/Ilustration of replanting
SRP in West Kalimantan Province Covered 8.042 Smallholders and 18.573 Hectares

InfoSAWIT, PONTIANAK – In 2023, smallholders replanting program (SRP) in West Kalimantan Province was successfully be realized for about 18.573 hectares, and involved 8.042 smallholders.

Head of Infrastructure and Plantation Protection, Plantation and Livestock Agency, West Kalimantan Province Erita Fitriani, said that SRP was running in many districts, such as, Ketapang, Sambas, Bengkayang, Landak, Sanggau, Sekadau, Melawi, and Kubu Raya. Eight of 14 districts and or cities in the province did the program.

Though being successful, SRP faced some challenges, such as, palm oil that was expensive, the issue to manage land documents from the banks. The others were the limited team to develop smallholders to verify the groups in the field, plantation map and data synchronization.

Erita Fitriani also mentioned what the agency did to accelerate the end-year meeting between SRP team and smallholders. This was about to develop the candidates of union or institutions that were proposed in the recommendation phase.

“We got more intensive communication with related instances to get SRP process in West Kalimantan Province," she said, as quoted from Antara, Tuesday (9/1/2023).

Prior, Head of Plantation and Livestock Agency, West Kalimantan Province, Heronimus Hero emphasized that SRP would be the best way to escalate plantation productivity. He thought, SRP would deliver chances for planters by substituting the old trees by more qualified seeds.

He also told the smallholders’ low plantation productivity happened not for the old trees only but also the mistake when selecting and planting seeds. Hero said, SRP would be the effective way to escalate theirs in West Kalimantan Province. (T2)