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To Reinforce Palm Oil Human Resources, PFMA Distributed Rp 435,67 Billion, and Research Fund Support Rp 613,32 Billion

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To Reinforce Palm Oil Human Resources, PFMA Distributed Rp 435,67 Billion, and Research Fund Support Rp 613,32 Billion

InfoSAWIT, BANDUNG – The Government of Indonesia did concrete things to escalate palm oil human resource capacity and capability. Besides smallholders replanting program (SRP) and infrastructure program that Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) manages, the institution also allocated fund to develop human resources, including scholarship and trainings for planters.

By 2023, the institution distributed fund about Rp 435,67 billion, delivered advantages for 6.265 students that got scholarship and 14.929 men joined the trainings.

Director of Fund Management and Plan PFMA, Kabul Wijayanto said that the government also encouraged the research in palm oil both in upstream and downstream sectors to escalate the quality, productivity, and diversity of palm oil downstream sector.

“By 2023, PFMA allocated fund about Rp 613,32 billion for 329 research that involved 1.202 researchers and 88 research institutions,” he said when inaugurating focus group discussion with the theme Membangun Kelapa Sawit Indonesia yang Berkelanjutan that InfoSAWIT attended in Bandung, Thursday (7/3/2024).

Kabul also mentioned the research is critical not only to the output but also the implementation and commercial process of the research results to deliver additional values for planters and stakeholders.

Just the same with what President of Indonesia instructed to encourage downstream products, palm oil industries did progress in product diversification. Until now, there have been more than 184 palm oil derivative products, according to Ministry of Industry.

PFMA also supports biodiesel mandatory program which now reaches 35 percent (B35). By 2023, PFMA distributed fund about Rp 162,9 trillion to pay margin gap between market index price of biodiesel and market international price of diesel. The program is the way to get palm oil downstream product in energy sector but also would help CPO price to be stable by creating CPO markets in this country.

But, Kabul said, the challenges and obstacles in palm oil industries still remain, such as, discriminatory policy, negative campaigns to palm oil of Indonesia, namely from European Union.

“To face the challenges, PFMA and related ministries and institutions would keep having legal ways, diplomacy, promotion and positive campaigns to struggle for palm oil industries in Indonesia. By having these, it is hoped that palm oil industries would keep developing and delivering advantages for the country and every related party,” Kabul said. (T2)