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Integrated and Professional Palm Oil Planter

Private doc. for InfoSAWIT/Maruli Pardamean, Palm oil plantation practitioner and author.
Integrated and Professional Palm Oil Planter

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – As quoted from press conference by Coordinator Ministry in Economy Indonesia on 22 April 2021, palm oil as one plantation commodity, plays strategic roles to develop the economy in Indonesia. As the biggest palm oil producer in the world, these industries provided employment for 16 million workers both directly and indirectly.

The fast progress in palm oil sectors has something to do with planters that involve in person.

The job description and responsibility of the planters would be very massive. For instance, asisten afdeling or plot assistant should be in charge to manage human resource; asset/active (heavy tools, vehicles, buildings, ways, and others) and the smooth operational in the plantations (should plan, realize, supervise every activity) that lay on about 500 -700 hectares (ha).

Some planters may have better careers, starting from foreman or management trainee ⇒ plot assistant ⇒ assistant head ⇒ plantation manager/estate manager ⇒ general manager. A planter could be directors (director of operational, agronomy, plant, and others), even became the top of the top position, such as, chief executive officer (CEO), or director.

But it always happens that a planter’s career should come to an end or just stops at one level because something bad happened in the past, such as, corruption issue.

Every planter should get the technical ability (capability) hard skill, get knowledge and skill to do the job description that the company delivered.

Not only that, a planter has to become ‘superman’ which means, an assistant should be responsible on maintaining harmonious relationship with the local people around the plantations and village officials. A planter should get his skill to manage every issue, such as, social, legal, environment, and others.

A planter should have his own character, a specific one as a field worker. He has to be able to adjust with plantation culture (getting up in the morning, having morning meeting, supervising the field work, getting solution on administration in the evening, and fully picking up the leftover fresh fruit bunch). A planter mostly works at the field that is why he has to be healthy. He has to have tough physical performance or iron of feet to supervise the work in person. He also has to have leadership characteristic to guide and lead his junior. He has to have communication skills to be able to communicate with the villagers, his junior, partners, and superior.

A planter, of course, want to get successful careers and he has to have integrity and professional characteristics.



Professional is the capability and skill of a planter to conduct his works. Professional would cover the commitment to do one job or work well. A professional (worker) has dedication which means one act of sacrifice in whole power, thought, and time to realize the goal(s). A highly dedicated planter will and be ready to sacrifice many things so that the company where he works at, can go forward. This will deliver the good – what you give in your work, it would deliver the best for your life and career.



To realize a work/job well, a professional would need integrity. According to KBBI (Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia), integrity is the quality, characteristics, or a state that show a whole unity and show to have potential and capability that emit authority or honesty.

Integrity would show consistency between what someone speaks and believes that would be reflected in his daily lives.

A planter within integrity would not do the bad. An assistant/planter is part of leader, to become leader should maintain his integrity and be trustworthy. The junior always tends to follow his leader and the leader should be the role model for his junior.

Having integrity would make a planter be trusted and respected by his work partners, comfortable when working, do every daily work/job in spirit. He would develop the connection between individuals and the society, for instance, he would cooperate to solve the work/job or other activities that require compactness/good cooperation.

It would be very significant for a planter to have integrity. Being professional and in integrity, a planter would get better careers. (*)

By: Maruli Pardamean/Palm oil plactitioner and palm oil author