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Director of PFMA: Downstream Sectors Would be The Key to Face the Future Challenges



Doc. of InfoSAWIT/ Politeknik Kelapa Sawit Citra Widya Edukasi (Poltek Kelapa Sawit CWE) conducted public lecture with the theme "Peran Generasi Muda Sawit dalam Mendukung Sawit Berkelanjutan”, Thursd
Director of PFMA: Downstream Sectors Would be The Key to Face the Future Challenges

InfoSAWIT, BEKASI – To deliver whole understanding about palm oil plantation sectors, Politeknik Kelapa Sawit Citra Widya Edukasi (Poltek Kelapa Sawit CWE) conducted public lecture with the theme "Peran Generasi Muda Sawit dalam Mendukung Sawit Berkelanjutan". It was running at the Auditorium Poltek Kelapa Sawit CWE, Thursday, 13 June 2024.

Moderated by Faizal Shofwan Kusnendi from Poltek Kelapa Sawit CWE, it presented Director of Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA), Eddy Abdurrachman, as the main speaker.

Eddy Abdurrachman said that in our daily lives, it would be significant to divide work characters to be three components, such as, 50% of service, honesty, and hard work; 30% of cleverness; and 20% of self-health. The public lecture was attended by about 550 students from three study programs.

Eddy also described some challenges that palm oil plantations faced, such as, low productivity, black campaigns, plantations in forest areas, legal and permit issues, business disturbance and conflicts, market issues in some exporter countries.

To face the challenges, Eddy said that it would be significant to get downstream sectors or escalate palm oil additional values. Downstream sectors would cover some sectors, such as, oleo food complex, oleo chemical, bio energy complex, bio diesel, (plan), and the rests – for export.

Eddy thought, palm oil plantations in Indonesia now lay on about 16,38 million hectares; 8,68 million hectares are cultivated by big private companies; 6,72 million hectares are cultivated by plasma and independent smallholders; and 980 thousand hectares are cultivated by the government’s companies.

To qualify sustainability claims and realize environmental and social palm oil plantations, the government published the policy about Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) which is the President’s Regulation Number 44 / 2020. It covers seven sustainability principles.

The government also encouraged to get smallholders replanting program (SRP) and encouraged the smallholders to qualify every term and condition in getting ISPO certificate. “The grant for SRP would be Rp 30 million per hectare with the maximal proposal about 4 hectares for now,” Eddy said, as in the information that InfoSAWIT got.

Besides, to develop human resources, PFMA implemented vocational education or equal to undergraduate level within 6.255 students getting scholarship. About 3.025 students graduated their study. PFMA also supported research and development in palm oil sector in cooperation with research and development institutions in universities in Indonesia.

The public lecture would be significant to escalate the understanding for young generations about their strategic roles to support sustainability in palm oil industries. Eddy emphasized PFMA would be committed to support education, research and develop to make palm oil sector go forward in Indonesia. (T2)

By: Alia Rindu Arsy Al Qadr


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