InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The Government of Indonesia keeps encouraging to accelerate Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certificate to confirm that every palm oil plantation in Indonesia is sustainably cultivated. The latest data per 6 December 2023 revealed that 4,09 million hectares palm oil plantations in Indonesia qualified ISPO certificate within 42,59 million tons per year of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) production.
Deputy Coordinator Minister in Food and Agribusiness Coordination, Coordinator Ministry in Economy, Dida Gardera told that 816 stakeholders and smallholders got ISPO certificates. From the numbers, 107 were handed over for smallholders that cultivated 426.183 hectares. 712 certificates were handed over for stakeholders that totally cultivated 3,67 million hectares and produced 39,21 million tons FFB per year.
Though the numbers were positive, Dida told ISPO implementation faced challenges. One of the main ones was for smallholders. The policy published to fund ISPO certification still limited and covered the first ISPO certification process. This created obstacles for smallholders that might be difficult to fund it.
Source of fund to get ISPO certificate was the issue. He told fund from Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) does not cover every process needed. Besides, ISPO acceptance in many countries is not optimal still though many increased palm oil products that should be traceable from the upstream (plantations) to downstream sectors (the derivative products, including bioenergy).
In the national scale meeting of smallholders in Indonesia by the late of 2023 that InfoSAWIT attended, Dida Gardera mentioned that synergy among the governments, stakeholders, and other parties was not optimal yet to realize ISPO implementation. This showed it needs better cooperation among every stakeholder to solve the issues and confirm sustainability in Indonesia’s palm oil plantations.
“With every issue, the government and stakeholders in palm oil sector should keep trying to escalate sustainability, formulate policy that would support ISPO certification acceleration,” Dida said. (T2)