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Citra Widya Education Conducted Harvest and Post-Harvest Technical Training for 71 Smallholders in Regency of Paser with the Support of PFMA

Doc. of PT CWE for InfoSAWIT/ 71 smalholders in Regency of Paser got harvest and post-harvest technical training that PFMA supported on 13 - 17 May 2024.
Citra Widya Education Conducted Harvest and Post-Harvest Technical Training for 71 Smallholders in Regency of Paser with the Support of PFMA

nfoSAWIT, PASER – PT Citra Widya Education (CWE) would be conducting harvest and post-harvest training to escalate human resource competency in the 2024 palm oil plantation sector. It would be supported by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) and General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture.

The training would be for five days, from Monday, 13 May to Friday, 17 May 2024 in Hotel Gran Senyiur Balikpapan. 71 smallholders from many villages in Regency of Paser, East Kalimantan Province joined it. The villagers are from Bukit Seloka, Seniung Jaya, Tajur, Suliliran, Sepurau Jaya, Jone, Tanah Priuk, dan Gunung Mulia.

The opening ceremony was attended by some important figures, such as, Director of PT CWE, Nugroho Kristono; Chairman of Secretariat Team of Pengembangan Sumber Daya Manusia Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit (SDMPKS) General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, Eva Lizarmi; Head of Plantation and Livestock Agency Regency of Paser, Djoko Bawono and some representatives from Plantation Agency East Kalimantan Province.

In his speec, Nugroho Kristono said that palm oil industries are facing challenges that need collaboration with many sectors in pentahelic concept, such as, the cooperation among the government, industries, educational institutions, civil organizations, and mass media. He emphasized it would be significant to get interaction among the senior practitioners and young ones in the training to enrich their (smallholders’) knowledge and skills. The training would cover harvest and post-harvest aspects, the focus on fresh fruit bunch (FFB) traceability to get sustainable palm oil certification. Kristono also mentioned that the material would be familiar for the smallholders nut it needs to get renewed with the latest information to escalate the quality and plantation productivity.

Djoko Bawono mentioned that palm oil is a dominant commodity in the regency with the plantations about 250 thousand hectares and independent smallholders’ plantations about 90 thousand hectares. 

“It is hoped that the training would escalate the smallholders’ knowledge and palm oil plantation production and productivity would be more qualified and be competitive,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (14/5/2024).

Representing Director of Plantation Protection General Directorate of Plantation, , Eva Lizarmi did appreciate the training as the significant thing to escalate crude palm oil (CPO) quality. She also emphasized, it would be important to reinforce smallholders’ institution to escalate their bargaining position to decide the price and solve other issues.

Eva continued palm oil sustainability would be aimed not only to welfare the smallholders but also for getting more competent successors. She hoped the smallholders would implement their knowledge they got in the training and informed others who did not join it.

Nametag was symbolically handed over to the participants by Djpko and Kristono. It was the meaning to the opening ceremony.

The participants, such as, Surman and Pricilia Pricilia Anyelina Daro hoped that they would get practical knowledge that would be implemented in their plantations to escalate CPO quality and be the agents of change in their communities.

The first day - training was ended by handing over plague of reward from Kristono to Djoko and Plantation Agency of East Kalimantan Province. This week, the training should run well and significantly deliver advantages for the smallholders in Regency of Paser, and escalate plantation productivity in the province in a whole. (T2)