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Smallholders from 5 Institutions got Palm Oil Cultivation Technical Training in Pekanbaru



Special doc./Smallholders from 5 institutions got palm oil cultivation technical training in Pekanbaru
Smallholders from 5 Institutions got Palm Oil Cultivation Technical Training in Pekanbaru

InfoSAWIT, ROHUL – 81 smallholders joined palm oil cultivation technical training through palm oil plantation human resource development program. It was running in Hotel Grand Elite, Pekanbaru, Riau Province. It was supported by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) in the 2023 financial support.

The training was officially inaugurated by Head of Plantation Agency Riau Province, Syahrial Abdi. Eva Lizarmi SP, Chairman of Secretariat Team of Pengembangan Sumber Daya Manusia Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit (PSDMPKS), head of Siak Plantation and Livestock Agency, and chairmen and coordinators of many koperasi unit desa (KUD) attended the event.

In his speech, Head of Plantation and Livestock Agency Regency of Rokan Hulu (Rohul), CH Agung Nugroho said that the training was joined by the participants from five institutions, such as, KUD Bangkit Usaha Makmur in Village of Bencah Kesuma, Sub district of Kabun that reached 33 men; KUD Bangkit Usaha Makmur in Village of Bukit Intan Makmur, Sub district of Kunto Darussalam that reached 13 men; KUD Tujuh Permata in Village of Bagan Tujuh, Sub district of Kunto Darussalam that reached 6 men; Forum Petani Sawit Swadaya Semarak Mudo in Village of Tandun, Sub district of Tandun that reached 2 men; and Forum Petani Sawit Swadaya Tayo Barokah in Village of Tapung Jaya and Dayo, Sub district of Tandun that reached 27 men.

“It is hoped the training would escalate their knowledge and skills to increase their plantation production which eventually would escalate their welfare,” Agung said, as InfoSAWIT quoted from SegmenNews, Tuesday, 14 May 2024.

In fact, PSDMPKS in Regency of Rohul was firstly conducted in 2023 with the fund supports from PFMA. The regency was laid on about 722,978 hectares and about 423,160 hectares were palm oil plantations (plantation data of Regency of Rohul – WRI Indonesia).

The smallholders’ groups until 2021 reached about 2.532 groups (data of sistem informasi management penyuluhan pertainain (Simluhtan) of Horticulture and Food Plant Agency, 2021). The economy in Regency of Rokan Hulu has something to do with fresh fruit bunch (FFB) price and other plantation commodities.

Even though it significantly has wide palm oil plantations, the production is not optimal yet. Some challenges that the planters face, are, the lack of capital to cultivate land, the lack of knowledge about cultivation technic, the planting of fake/uncertified seeds, and the low buying capability, and infrastructures.

To solve such issus, Agung continued that his agency would keep searching for other source of income, such as, national budget, provincial budget, regency budget, or from PFMA. Besides, it is hoped that the companies would keep delivering helps for the people around.

“To minimize the issues, we, as the institution that has authority would keep searching for funds in the form of national, regional, and agency budget and from PFMA. We would suggest that the companies should take care of the people around, try to help the people in physical and non-physical forms to realize the same welfare,” he said. (T2)


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