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Ministry of Agriculture Encouraged to Escalate Palm Oil HR to Increase Palm Oil Production in South Sulawesi

Doc. of Antara/Minister of Agriculture, Andi Amran Sulaiman (left) and Governor in duty of South Sulawesi, Prof. Zuand when attending the ceremony to hand over helps in the office of Governor of South
Ministry of Agriculture Encouraged to Escalate Palm Oil HR to Increase Palm Oil Production in South Sulawesi

InfoSAWIT, MAKASSAR – Ministry of Agriculture kept trying to escalate palm oil human resource (HR) to increase palm oil production in South Sulawesi Province.

General Director of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, Andi Nur Alam Syah, as in the official statement in Makassar on Tuesday, said that one thing to do was by handing over 300 scholarships to develop Sumber Daya Manusia Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit (SDMPKS) in 2024.

The scholarships were for those who graduated from high-school and its level and directly got involved in palm oil industries. “This is the evidence of government’s commitment to deliver chance for those to continue their study in this field,” he said, as InfoSAWIT quoted from Antara, Thursday (30/5/2024).

The educational program woud be about to create the best graduate to reinforce palm oil industries in Indonesia to be sustainable, and deliver social and economic advantages for the people.

Besides, Governor in duty of South Sulawesi, Prof. Zuand Arif Fakhrulloh said that the province was in cooperation with PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) I Region 8 to conduct smallholders replanting program (SRP) that has been running since 2018. The program has been funded by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) and the focus was in two regencies (Luwu Timur and Luwu Utara).

Data report of SRP monitoring progress in the province, the total area in Regency of Luwu Timur would be 3.769,29 hectares with the total planting about 3.295,89 hectares. The total areas in Luwu Utara would lay about 4.109,93 hectares with the planting 3.870,44 hectares.

The 2022 state statistics revealed that palm oil plantations were in 12 regencies in the province with the total planting about 34.677 hectares. In details, they consisted of immature plantations that laid on about 13.809 hectares, productive ones about 24.646 hectares, and broken areas/unproductive ones about 1.732 hectares. From this, the production reached 101.073 tons with the average 4.101 kg per hectare.

This showed the strong commitment of the government and related parties to keep encouraging palm oil industrial development in the province, make sure that sustainability and increasing production would deliver advantages for the people. (T2)