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27 Independent Smallholders in North Labuhanbatu Got ISPO Training by PFMA

Doc. of Enviro Institute for InfoSAWIT/27 independent smallholders from Regency of North Labuhanbatu accomplished Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification training on 3 to 8 June 2024 at H
27 Independent Smallholders in North Labuhanbatu Got ISPO Training by PFMA

InfoSAWIT, NORTH LABUHANBATU - 27 independent smallholders from the Regency of North Labuhanbatu accomplished Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification training that Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) conducted. They are committed to support and accelerate ISPO certification process in the regency. The training was running on 3 to 8 June 2024 at Hotel Radisson, Medan, North Sumatera Province and part of the government’s efforts to implement sustainable principles in national – scale palm oil industries.

The training referred to the Regulation of Minister of Agriculture Number 38 / 2020, as the latest regulation about sustainable principles in palm oil industries. After it was planned in 2011, ISPO becomes the answer for every claim in sustainability issue. According to the policy, every planter including the independent smallholders are obliged to have ISPO certificate, at least, five years after the regulation was published. The main challenge is that independent smallholders are not knowing much about ISPO.

PFMA and General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture actively took part to accelerate ISPO certification particularly for the independent smallholders. By having development training program in Sumber Daya Manusia Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit (SDM PKS) of 2024, PFMA did training for independent smallholders and field counselors from Agriculture Agency Regency of Asahan. The training itself was delivered by PT. Koompasia Enviro Institute within much experience to develop ten thousand independent smallholders to get sustainable certificate.

In the online speech, Head of Service Program Division PFMA, Arfie Thahar said, the institution in cooperation with General Directorate of Plantation and other 15 training institutions conducted trainings in the same time in many regions in Indonesia with the total participants about 6.437 men.

“One training was ISPO training for planters. By having the training, it is hoped the independent smallholders would understand more and be ready to join ISPO certification process,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (11/6/2024).

Head of Plantation that represented Head of Plantation and Livestock Agency North Sumatera Province, Banua Pane said to the participants to join every activity in the training with full of spirit. Pane emphasized it would be significant for them to be the front guard in ISPO certification acceleration in their region.

Head of Agriculture Agency Regency of North Labuhanbatu, Sudarija said that the training would be very valuable knowing that there would be massive challenges to implement ISPO certification for planters’ levels. “For every participant, both from the field counselor and independent smallholders, take advantages on the training as much as you can to be our capital to develop other independent smallholders to get ISPO certificates for planters in the region,” Sudarija said.

Director of PT. Koompasia Enviro Institute, Henry Marpaung explained that besides the training and delivering materials in class, the participants did field visit to planters’ institution that got ISPO certificate, such as, Koperasi Produsen Sawit Muda Sedia (SAMUDA) in Aceh Tamiang. Marpaung said, the training would positively give energy to succeed ISPO certification in a whole.

One participant of the training, Pairin Santoso said that he was looking forward to the training. He was lucky to get insight from those experienceful and directly saw ISPO implementation in th field. Pairin hoped the knowledge he got would be told to others and Regency of North Labuhanbatu would immediately conduct ISPO certification for independent smallholders. (T2)